As winter and the chill settles in, staying active outdoors can become more challenging. However, at South Edmonton Physical Therapy & Sport Rehab, we firmly believe that maintaining an active lifestyle is essential year-round. To help you keep active during our cold Edmonton winter, we have some practical and enjoyable ways to keep moving indoors when the weather isn't ideal for heading out.
Why Activity Matters
Before we jump into the fun activities, let's briefly discuss why staying active year-round is important.
Physical Health: Regular exercise contributes to better bone density and joint health. It also reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer, and improves overall cardiovascular and muscular health.
Mental Health: Physical activity can positively impact mental well-being by increasing the production of endorphins, which are natural mood lifters.
Energy and Productivity: Regular exercise boosts energy levels, making it easier to stay alert and focused during daily tasks.
Immune System Support: Moderate, consistent exercise can enhance the immune system's ability to fight off infections and illnesses. This can reduce the likelihood of getting sick, especially during flu season.
Quality Sleep: Regular physical activity promotes better sleep by helping to regulate sleep patterns and improve sleep quality.
Healthy Aging: Staying active throughout life can contribute to healthy aging. It helps maintain mobility, flexibility, and independence as you age, reducing the risk of falls and injuries.
Fun Indoor Activities
Not sure what to do when it gets too cold to head outside? Here are a few ideas for fun indoor activities to keep you moving all winter.
Home Workouts: Create a home workout routine with bodyweight exercises, resistance bands, or dumbbells. Online fitness classes and apps provide motivation and guidance.
Yoga and Pilates: Improve flexibility, balance, and strength with online yoga and Pilates classes. These disciplines also reduce stress and enhance posture.
Dance: Dance to your favourite tunes for a fun and engaging workout. Whether it's Zumba, salsa, or freestyle, dancing raises your heart rate and mood.
Swimming: If you have access to an indoor pool, swimming is an excellent full-body workout that's gentle on the joints.
Walking: Walking is an excellent way to stay active. Move your walks indoors by walking on a treadmill while enjoying your favourite show or podcast. Or head to an indoor space like the mall, a museum or a greenhouse for a change of scenery.
Indoor Sports and Games: Enjoy indoor sports like table tennis, badminton, or pickleball or play some active board games and video games.
It doesn't need to be complicated. The key is to find an activity you enjoy and embrace the cold weather with an active mindset! You can still achieve a goal of 30 min of exercise daily, even during the coldest days of winter. Staying active indoors is both feasible and enjoyable.