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Winter may be the most beautiful time of the year. It is tempting to stay inside under warm blankets, but our body needs to stay active, no matter what. Some kind of indoor or outdoor exercise or activity is necessary.
The best way to protect yourself in the winter season is by layering. It helps you keep warm, and you can remove the top layers whenever you need. The layer closest to your skin should be made of moisture-wicking fabric and should not be cotton.
This fights winter dehydration, improves your skin, prevents dry skin, keeps you more energetic, prevents winter weight gain, and protects your immune system.
If you cannot do a full-fledged workout session, find a fun activity to share with your friends and family. You could play some outdoor games like badminton, make snow angels, go sled riding, ice skating, or even play ball with your pets. It will help you burn calories, get your heart rate up, and strengthen your muscles.
If you do not like going outdoors, joining an online fitness class can help keep you fit and motivated during the winter season. Due to the current pandemic, creating a gym at home or finding workout programs online would be a great option. You could even buy gym equipment like a treadmill, a stationary bike, or even dumbbells.
Swimming is an important and effective warm-up session. Swimming during winter would help you stay active and is a great cardio workout as well. A warm indoor pool is perfect if the weather outside is not favorable.
If you are exercising outdoors, your skin will be dry from the winter air. Make sure you are moisturizing your skin. Don’t forget to protect your ears, nose, and lips as they are more susceptible to drying out.
It is always recommended to do a warm-up before any workout, but it’s especially important during these winter months. Warm-ups with low-intensity movements help increase blood flow and prevent injuries.
Staying cozy in your warm bed may be comfortable but try not to let the chilling temperatures interfere with your fitness routine. The winter months can actually be a great time to get better workouts and keep the winter blues away. Remember to stick to the winter-safety and social protocols if you are outdoors and exercising in cold weather.
For more advice on staying fit and ways to stay active in the winter season, contact our health experts at MI Express Care, your trusted primary and urgent care center providing comprehensive and high-quality medical care services in Canton, MI.
Dr. Umayr Azimi, a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, is the Medical Director of MI Express Urgent Care and MI Express Primary Care in Canton, Michigan. He is a board-certified physician with advanced training in a wide range of non-life-threatening medical conditions. He believes that every visit is unique and treats every patient as an individual to ensure that all of his patients get the best treatment.