For many Calgarians, staying warm indoors during winter and catching up on some Netflix shows seems ideal. But the flip-side is that when we hunker down on the couch or in bed and begin binge-watching, we’re living a non-active lifestyle that may cause some unforeseen side effects.
Take it from a chiropractor in Calgary with over three decades of experience; it is essential to stay active in life, especially when it’s so easy to not do so in the cold winter. If you’re having a hard time coming up with some activities to help you stay active during the winter in Calgary, fret not!
Here are some simple ways you can keep burning those calories without hibernating your way into a weight-gaining oblivion. Also see:
#1 – Plan ahead of schedule
Find time to think of fun things you could do to stay active during the winter. Planning helps identify what works best for you and can easily fit into your schedule. That begins with researching places you could visit during the winter to ensure you stay active and outdoors whenever possible.
Look online or do some quick Google searches to find some ideas; there’s a lot more going on around you in the winter than you think, especially if you’re living in a big city like Calgary!
#2 – Find a fun outdoor activity
If you didn’t get time to do any research, chances are there’s a ton of fun outdoor activities close to home to participate in. There are many outdoor activities that you can enjoy with your family or friends such as skiing, or snow-shoeing, or an off-the-cuff a snowball fight!
Another example would be casual ice skating for about an hour, which would help you burn roughly 450 calories, get your heart rate up, and engage muscles throughout your body. Some ideas on outdoor activities during the winter:
- Outdoor skating rinks
- Ski hills and / our mountains
- Tobogganing hills
- Cross-country skiing
#3 – Find a fun indoor activity
If you need some motivation to stay active, perhaps a visit to your favourite indoor shopping centre would help. Or, an even better idea is a visit to your local fitness centre to burn some calories. Winter is the best time to get fit because when spring and summer hits, you’re already in good shape and looking your best!
We understand that certain pandemic afflictions may make a visit to an indoor mall much less appealing at a time like this. Your best bet is to make the decision for yourself, and keep in mind your local public health official / government rules and recommendations for keeping you and your family safe.
#4 – Have a home workout routine
You don’t need gym equipment to enjoy a workout routine from home. Simple exercises such as aerobics, sit-up, squats, push-ups, for example, are a great way to get started on your home workout routine. Find out what works best for you and try to increase your work out intensity day-by-day.
Another idea you could try out during the winter is yoga. Yoga is a great way to keep you active, relieve stress and boost concentration. If you’re a yoga newbie, find beginner friendly online videos to get you started.
#5 – Dance baby, dance!
Just like learning yoga through beginner friendly videos, you could also learn a few dance moves. Dancing is both fun and a great way to stay fit. Dancing can help the average adult burn about 350 calories an hour, although that number depends on the intensity of the moves as well as your body mass index (BMI).
If you’re at home with a roommate, your significant other, or perhaps the kids too, dancing is a great way to spend some quality time and have some fun too. Pandemic restrictions have taken their toll on many of us; it’s important we continue to be ever more creative in maintaining our physical, mental and spiritual health!
Stay Warm, Folks!
Don’t let the cold winter be an excuse to abandon your fitness goals! These activities among several others not touched on are not only fun but also ensure you’re staying moderately healthy. Staying true to good practices in other health factors such as diet and supplementation will also help you stay on track!
Wishing you an active and healthy winter this year! Stay warm, folks!