Staying active during the winter: General safety tips for outdoor fun during COVID-19

Many people are concerned about the increase in the time spent sedentary since quarantining due to the pandemic. Being sedentary significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Unfortunately, spending more time seated can increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. CVD causes one in four of all deaths — that means a person dies every thirty-six seconds.

Just because we are experiencing a pandemic, you don’t have to give up on your fitness. In fact, it is more important now to keep up your cardiovascular health so you can ward off illness. You still need to keep your heart healthy while isolating from most other folks. Luckily, you can do many motivating activities in colder weather. However, it is crucial to stay safe during your outdoor fun.

What about COVID-19 makes winter fitness different?

Normally people flock to the gym in record numbers in the winter months. However, with the pandemic expected to continue to worsen over the winter, it is vital to take precautions. Unfortunately, that means avoiding staying in close quarters indoors with others unless necessary. Because the virus spreads faster indoors, many are opting to move their fitness outside.

Can I get fit outside in the winter?

Yes, you just have to prepare a bit more than usual. To stay fit during the winter, here are some general safety tips to remain safe during COVID-19.

What are the ways to stay active during the winter?

There are ways to stay active during the winter but also remain safe during the pandemic. The following activities are ideal:

What if it’s not safe to go outside?

If you cannot go outside due to freezing temps, that doesn’t mean you have to forgo your physical activity. Switch your routine up and stay at home. Unsure what to do?

The pandemic is an unexpected and unpredictable time. The increased time inside has given us more time to focus on our personal intentions. However, While it is more crucial now more than ever before to stay healthy, be flexible in your fitness goals. We are all feeling the pressure, so be kind to yourself. With a little planning, you can stay safe and thrive.

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