Posted on January 15, 2018

Outdoor Winter Activities To Keep Your Heart Healthy

Written By bodywipejim Tags: Winter Heart Health

In northern climates, winter is the pitfall of many people who would rather seek comfort indoors. Countless people become sedentary in the winter, but this isn't the best choice for wellness. According to a health article, regular exercise provides benefits to the heart and the whole body (Kemi & Wisloff, 2010). The good news is that there are many activities you can do during the chilly season. By trying any of the options below, you'll be on your way to a healthier heart, and hopefully, a new-found appreciation for the winter! Just make sure to check with a physician before starting any new exercise program to ensure it is suitable for you. Walking: This is a simple, cost-effective, and less strenuous form of exercise that works many muscles in the body. If you want more of a workout, choose a path that has more hills. Also, be sure to dress appropriately in cold temperatures as doing so will allow you to walk for longer; during icy conditions, consider using boots with proper grips. Another good idea is to bring hot chocolate and a friend with you. By talking to someone while you walk, you can make the activity much more enjoyable. Snowshoeing: Another classic form of winter exercise is snowshoeing. Besides your regular winter attire, you'll need a good pair of boots and of course, snowshoes. With this activity, you can walk at your own pace with or without the aid of poles, but the gear gives you more of a workout than regular walking would. Snowshoes require you to lift your legs higher with each step, which will make your heart beat faster. Look forward to fresh air and wonderfully-worked muscles! Cross-country Skiing: Popular among Scandinavian countries, cross-country skiing is fun and strenuous at the same time. The equipment is generally costlier than the gear used in snowshoeing, but it usually isn't hard to find items on sale or for rent. Before trying this sport, it is recommended that you watch a video that offers tips and advice. You can also find someone who knows the sport to teach you. Who knows, you may really learn to enjoy cross-country skiing! Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding: For the more adventurous, downhill skiing or snowboarding can give thrill-seekers something to talk about. As with cross-country skiing, you'll need to purchase or rent equipment, as well as take lessons if you've never tried downhill sports before. The good news is that most ski hills have shorter, less steep hills to learn on, and more challenging ones for when you're ready. You can choose a hill suitable for your skill level; this way, you'll be certain to find enjoyment. As you can see, there are a variety of outdoor winter activities. Find something that matches your interests and fitness level and go for it. Make winter a season you live for! References: Kemi, O. J. & Wisloff, U. (2010). High-intensity aerobic exercise training improves the heart in health and disease. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, 30(1), 2-11.  

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