While it might not sound very appealing, going for a run or walk outside can get your heart rate up and prove to be great exercise. That is not to say go out when snowfall is heavy, the temperature is below freezing, or if the ground is very icy. When the temperature starts to rise a bit, and it is safer to go outside, an outdoor workout may prove to be beneficial. Being safe outside on a run is a top priority. It would be best if you were prepared to deal with the elements. Bundle up with a few layers, and take extra precaution to cover your head, hands, and ears as these areas can be more vulnerable to frostbite. Gloves, hats, and face masks will help to cover up these areas.
Next, staying vigilant against hypothermia and frostbite can save you from injury. The Mayo Clinic’s signs for frostbite are numbness and a stinging sensation. Make sure you get out of the cold as soon as possible if you think you might have frostbite. The signs of hypothermia are intense shivering, coordination loss, and fatigue. Seek out medical care right away if you suspect hypothermia.
The last thing to mention about workouts in winter is to stay consistent with them. The benefits of a workout are at their peak when they are done several times a week. Setting aside 30-60 minutes, 3-5 times a week, is an excellent way to stay consistent and get those benefits.
Hopefully, you can beat the winter blues with these tips for staying physically active. They can also help carry over into the spring and summertime to work out in much more pleasant weather.