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Fun Low-Impact Exercise Activities for the Wintertime

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  • Written By: Joshua Alpert, MD
Fun Low-Impact Exercise Activities for the Wintertime

When the mercury drops on the thermometer, it can make it more challenging than ever to motivate yourself to get outside and be physically active. Not to mention, the fewer hours of sunlight can cause seasonal depression and make it even more of a hassle to want to get your snowsuit on and head outdoors for a brisk walk. Still, it’s vital to get regular exercise to maintain good health, get the blood pumping, and keep you fit throughout the winter months. It’s important to note that staying in shape doesn’t have to be a chore, either.

Fun, safe outdoor workouts that aren’t too hard on the joints (that is, they are low-impact activities) include:

  • Snowshoeing: If you’re looking for a low-impact workout that lets you spend time in nature, snowshoeing is a fun activity even children can benefit from, and the entire family can do at their own pace. You can even rent equipment if you don’t have the proper attire to see if it’s something you enjoy.
  • Ice skating: Although you may not be ready to do high-intensity figure skating or put on your hockey skates and whack a puck at top speed, you can definitely boot up and enjoy the ice rink while learning how to skate safely. Skating increases cardiovascular health, strengthen and tones the muscles, and helps with balance and coordination. Most ice rinks have skates you can rent, and you may also want to wear gloves in case you take a tumble on the ice.
  • Sledding: Anyone who’s been sledding knows how exhilarating it is to go downhill and feel the wind whipping through your hair. But the real workout is trudging back uphill to give it another whirl! Sledding is a great way to get a full-body, low-impact workout with your kids, friends, or family. It’s a low-stress activity, and you might find yourself giggling and forgetting about the cooler temperatures, too.
  • Hiking: If you’ve put your hiking boots away once snow falls, it’s time to unpack them again!Winter hiking is beneficial as well as relaxing to see the beautiful scenery. Typically, trails are less busy during the winter, too, and it’s a great way to “unplug,” destress, and relax your mind while getting much-needed fresh air.

Is it Safe to Exercise Outdoors in the Winter?

If you’re concerned about slipping and falling on black ice or even getting caught in a snowstorm, here’s a little peace of mind for you: There are plenty of steps you can take to prepare yourself. By learning proper safety protocol, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can stay healthy and injury- and pain-free while enjoying winter sun and fun.

Looking for Further Tips? Contact Fox Valley Orthopedics to Learn More.

If you still have questions about how to stay safe and get the exercise you need during the cold winter months, we’ve got you covered. We look forward to helping you stay safe and fit year-round. Reach out to Fox Valley Orthopedics today by calling (630) 584-1400 to speak to a friendly member of our team and make an appointment with one of our board-certified orthopedic specialists.