Stay Active in Any Climate

Stay fit this winter, no matter what the weather.

Whether you live in an area of the country where the temperature is getting colder or a place where the sun shines all year round, you need a plan for times when the weather can impact your plans for staying active with your family and earning your VitalityPointsTM. Use these simple tips to stay fit this winter, wherever you are:

  1. Get creative
    Exercise doesn’t just mean running outdoors. Get creative with your fitness routine! Set up an indoor boot camp for your kids with different fun fitness stations, dance with your family while preparing dinner or put a little pep in your step while doing chores.
  2. Recognize the health benefits of simple outside chores
    In cold weather, you may still have to shovel snow or rake leaves. In warm weather, your garden may need your attention. Wear your pedometer or heart rate monitor and you’ll see how quickly your VitalityPointsTM may add up.
  3. Don’t discount indoor fitness routines
    How about popping in a fitness DVD and doing your workout indoors? If you have a game console with a fitness game, this is a great opportunity to get the whole family running, jumping and working out. This is also a great tip if you plan on traveling this holiday season. Bring an exercise DVD or a yoga mat, and you can quickly turn a hotel or your grandma’s guest room into a portable gym.
  4. If you’re going to be outside, dress appropriately
    If it’s cold outside, that means wearing layers and protecting your hands and feet from exposure during activities such as running. One of the most common myths about running is that cold air can damage lungs during a run. According to Dr. Jason Karp, a nationally recognized coach, author and owner of runcoachjason.com, “unless the temperatures are well below 0 degrees [Fahrenheit], there is absolutely no danger in running in the cold. The burning sensation some people feel while running in frigid temperatures is a harmless nerve response. Just as when you eat something cold and it stings your teeth, when you breathe cold air you may feel stinging in your throat.” In extreme heat, remember your sunscreen and wear breathable, lightweight, moisture-wicking fabrics.

This material is intended for informational use only and should not be construed as medical advice or used in place of consulting a licensed medical professional. HumanaVitality is not an insurance product.