Staying Active When the Weather is Cold

The weather may become more frightful, but exercise can still be delightful.

As the weather becomes colder, most avid exercisers take their workouts indoors. But there are some who will forgo any type of physical activity until the weather warms up and spring is in the air. Keeping an exercise routine in cold weather can be beneficial.

Outdoor exercise can be the cure for cabin fever. When the winter months become darker, good moods can be as rare as daylight. Getting outdoors can help. Exercise can also boost the immune system during a time of year when illness is more prevalent. Studies show moderate exercisers get 20 to 30 percent fewer colds than non-exercisers do.

How can you stay active during the cold winter months? Try something new. If you haven’t snowshoed or cross country skied at Flandrau State Park, give it a try. You can also try ice skating at Harman Park. All of these options provide a nice amount of activity and fun.

Bundle up and go outside to enjoy the winter wonderland. Practice these safety tips for a more enjoyable workout experience:

- Layer clothing to keep you warm. Wear waterproof outer layers to keep you dry.

- Practice what your mom preached by wearing a proper hat and mittens. Mittens keep your fingers together so you can roll them into a fist for warmth. You may even want to wear something that covers your face.

- Clothing made of down, wool, or Thinsulate will keep you from losing body heat. Don’t wear cotton.

- Wear wool socks and waterproof shoes that have a snug fit but aren’t too tight.

If you feel like you just don’t want to brave the weather, take your workout indoors. New Ulm has a variety of fitness facilities at your disposal. Snap and Anytime Fitness offer 24 hour access. The Vogel Field house has an indoor track and pool. We also have American Fitness.