The temperature has dropped and the hours of daylight have declined. That does not mean you have to give up on exercise. There are many ways to stay active during the winter months.
An obvious choice is to join a gym or health club. If that is not an option try an at-home workout like squats, jumping jacks, sit-ups and push-ups. Thirty minutes of exercise a day will be beneficial to your health.
You can also bundle up and enjoy the winter wonderland. It is best to dress in layers. Be sure to wear a hat and gloves. You should wear sturdy footwear with good traction. If you are walking on a road or street wear reflective clothing or devices so vehicles will notice you.
If there is too much snow to walk or run you could try snowshoes or cross country skiing. If you are a beginner start slow and on shorter routes until you can build up your endurance. For those seeking more speed, downhill skiing is an option.
Of course with snow, comes snow removal. If you are able you can use snow shoveling as a workout. Do you have children that like to play in the snow? Grab your warm clothes and join them as they run and play in the snow.
When the weather is too cold, do not under estimate the advantage of taking the stairs more often or walking around your office or home to get active time in. Commit to exercising or walking while you watch a favorite TV show or movie. Use your imagination and find an activity you enjoy. You could use exercise DVD's or gaming systems with fitness programs. If you like to dance, turn on your favorite music and just dance. Remember three, ten-minute intervals each day will go a long way to helping you maintain a healthier lifestyle!