Yeah, I know it’s sad to say that summer is over. Here come the cold and heartless fall and winter. No more swimming, cycling, or even walking freely at River Front Park without wearing a heavy jacket. However, there are no excuses for you not to be active during the cold season. Here are some activities to warm you up for the cold weather.
I am going to talk about some indoor activities first. I have to start with Yoga. Yoga is the kind of exercise that builds up your strength, balance, and flexibility. Believe me; you don’t have to be limber like a gymnast to perform yoga exercises. There are different levels of yoga for different needs: from laying down doing relaxing poses to twisting your body like a pretzel. Go to yogafinder.com for more info.
Okay, my second suggestion is probably my favorite: turn on your TV and play some video games! As many people know already, most of the advance gaming system like Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii have options for motion control gaming. Those companies made lots of exercise and sporting games. I know it sounds really goofy for a therapist to recommend video gaming for patients, but guess what, it works! You will be sweating in 20 minutes if you do it right. Make sure to do plenty of stretching exercise for areas like your legs and shoulders before you play these games. You don’t want to pull a hamstring, or tear your rotator cuff playing video game!
Let’s talk about outdoor activities now. Hiking would be an excellent exercise for autumn. The temperature should be perfect (above 45 and below 75degree). Most trees have stopped producing sinus clotting allergens. Also, an awesome view with blue sky and orange leafed trees are just gorgeous. I can speak from my experience! If you are not a big fan of hiking, just take a 30 minute walk at the park. According to the American Heart Association, 30 minutes of exercise daily can reduce your risk of heart disease. 1 hour of walking could increase your life expectancy by 2 hours!!
When I think of winter activities, sledding is one of my favorite. All you need is a sled or a big salad bowl and slide down the hill. It literately takes no skill! Plus, you have to hike up the steep snow hill and do the same routine again!!! Snowshoeing is my new winter sport. I mean, how could you resist the temptation of walking on top of snow? (Just like Orlando Bloom the Elven Marksman in “The Lord of the Rings!!”) This sport combines hiking and mountaineering together. Depending on the difficulty of each trail (or no trail), this could be a fun family time and bonding experience.
Anyway, those are few suggestions of fall and winter activities that I like. Just be creative, open your mind and you will never get beaten by the cold weather.