I know people who refuse to exercise indoors. Whatever the reasons are (we’ll talk about them at some other time), these people are happy to be outdoors and get all the benefits from fresh air all year-round.
If you are a novice at this, i.e., exercising in the cold, please take a note of these fabulous, yet very easy tips to keep in mind when it comes to winter time sweat time.
Rebecca Alvandi of Maxim is an avid activist to encourage people to exercise with plenty of fresh air. Here are her tips to keep you safe and healthy in cold weather with your exercise routine.
Should a bad mood prevent you from having a fun night with your girlfriends? No! Should your period stop you from being the best person you can be? No! Should bad weather stop you from exercising? No!
When it gets windy and icicles form in the trees, it tempting to stay indoors and cancel your planned run. It’s so tempting to curl up under your blanket and watch some TV in front of the fire instead of taking a nice long bike ride.
But cold weather is no excuse! Get outside and get your butt in gear. But, be safe about it.
If you have any chronic conditions or heart problems check with your doctor before choosing your winter exercise methods. But, here are a few general tips to help you stay warm and stay fit even when conditions outside become frightful.
It might seem like a great idea to throw on your heaviest jacket to ensure you stay warm, but it’s extremely important to wear in layers. That way, when you get hot and sweaty, you can peel away the outer layers slowly without shocking your core. This keeps you at a homeostatic temperature that prevents you from catching a cold.
Protect your face, ears, hands and feet
When your skin comes into contact with the cold air, it is vulnerable to frostbite at worst and discomfort at best. Cold air dries out your skin too which can cause flaky skin and chapped or cracked lips. So, consider wearing ear-muffs, a face mask or scarf, gloves, and thermal socks or long underwear.
Pay attention to the weather and conditions
Before you leave, try and check out whether your normal route is safe. If it’s covered in ice, go a different way and wear shoes with better traction.
Also, if there is an indoor gym or swimming pool in your area, sign up for a winter trial. Treadmills and weights can be great for toning up and losing some extra Thanksgiving pudge. If you don’t want to spend money on a membership, set up a little exercise area in your home. Most workout videos or exercises don’t require any other tools.
We know it sounds hard, but all you need is motivation! Think about those coming summer months. But don’t overdo it. Keep safe and keep healthy. The point of exercise is to stay healthy, not to change the way you look. Enjoy your exercise and enjoy the winter scenery.
1 soda = 50 minutes of running… Drink something else! Water is your best choice of hydration.
The American Public Health Association (APHA) ran a test that attempted to prove the best strategy of warning people of the impacts of one soda. Soda and the amount of sugar in it cause weight gain, which increase the risk of diabetes and obesity.
The APHA researchers compared people’s responses to three different signs that reveal the consequences of drinking soda.
One said that a single soda has 250 calories. Another sign said that one soda accounts for 11% of the average person’s daily caloric diet. The third stated that it takes an average of 50 minutes of running to burn the calories contained in one soda.
Which was the most effective? The ad about running decreased sales by 50%. Why? It’s obvious.
Why not drink something else?! It’s the obvious solution! Consider this: if drinking a soda requires 50 minutes of running, imagine how hard you would have to work to burn off the calories in the top 20 worst drinks in America!
Try avoiding soda altogether. Now that you know how much work you would have to do to burn off those calories, here are some alternatives to those sugary drinks.
Water is an obvious choice. It keeps you hydrated, awake and feeling good. But, water isn’t always tasty. So why not try these:
- Green tea
- Cranberry Juice
- Organic coffee
- Homemade fruit smoothie
- Any one of these drink recipes from DR. OZ!
- One of Shape magazine’s recipes
Drink up and enjoy! Avoiding soda means the calories you burn will make a bigger difference in your exercise routine its effects on your body.
To Your Health!
If you wish to learn more about Rebecca Alvandi and her Maxim philosophy, you can find her at www.maximhy.com With the “fierce woman” attitude, Rebecca has achieved recognition among her women-consumers by offering them a superbly comfortable and organic personal hygiene lifestyle. Kudos to Rebecca Alvandi with thanks!