As summer gives way to fall and winter, we are entering a time of year where people’s health begins to suffer. How can you stay as fit as a fiddle even as the weather gets stormier and colder? Read on below to find out.
1) Have indoor alternatives to outdoor exercise ready to go
One of the biggest saboteurs of one’s health during the colder months of the year is that the falling temperature makes workout routines like jogging and other outdoor exercises feel like a chore at best and torture at worst.
When the thermometer dips to -10 degrees Celsius and below, having indoor options to fall back on is a must. In your area, there may be recreation centres that have facilities such as an indoor track – these are ideal for joggers, as they will allow you to keep up your habit in a warm, dry, and ice-free environment.
Failing this, there may be a gym with cardio machines like treadmills and stationary bikes. While not the same as running or riding a real bike, they will exact a toll on your body that is similar to your favourite forms of summer outdoor exercise.
After a long workout and shower, you may not have the energy to do much, but don’t resign yourself to passively watching television when a whole world of interactive entertainment is available on the web. Online gaming sites are the best of these, as they offer you the ability to put your money where your mouth is in games like slots, blackjack, and roulette.
They even take cryptocurrencies like Litecoin, allowing you the opportunity to increase your supply of these valuable 21st century assets. This activity might not be good for your overall health, but at least the losses can be called lite.
2) Embrace outdoor cold weather activities
While some retreat from the cold weather that winter brings, we advise running towards it whenever possible. Why write off an entire season when you could embrace it for its positive points. Snow looks amazing (especially right after it falls), and there is no better feeling than drinking something warm (like hot chocolate) when it is chilly outside.
Layer up on your jogs below zero, and wear grips on your shoes to prevent slips and falls. Buy a pair of skates and go for regular circuits around your local pond or rink. Building on that, buy a hockey stick and some pucks and join in a game of ice hockey, as there is no better way to make new friends during this frigid season.
3) Wash your hands frequently
However, there is no denying facts – we all spend more time inside during the chillier months of fall and winter. This means we are in closer contact with other humans, increasing the spread of disease.
As such, keeping your hands clean through a regular regimen of washing will decrease the odds you’ll catch a bug – and if you get sick, the risk you’ll give it to someone else.
4) Get out in the sun as much as you can
The collective mental health of society declines in the fall and winter months. While there are a number of explanations for this, the reduction in daily sunlight over this period is thought to be a contributing factor.
Whenever the sun is out in the winter, get out in it, if only for 10-15 minutes. You’ll feel much better as a result, trust us.