5 Tips for Staying Active When It’s Cold Outside
When winter is in full swing, it’s hard to work up the motivation to exercise. But we all know that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Exercise helps build strong muscles and bones, increases energy, improves brain health, and boosts the immune system — which can help ward off a winter cold. Keep yourself healthy this winter by trying these five tips for staying active when it’s cold outside.
1. Stand Up More
Cold weather makes us want to curl up on the couch with a cup of coffee or tea and avoid going outside if at all possible. Unfortunately, all of that sitting around is bad for your health — even if you exercise. Recent studies show that the more time you spend sitting, the greater the chance you’ll risk an early death. That means you can’t sit around for five days every week and make up for it by going to the gym twice. You also have to work on decreasing your total sitting time.
But when you’re cooped up inside, that’s easier said than done. It can take real effort to get enough activity, especially if your living space is small. But the good news is, any activity counts.
Whether you’re working a desk job or binge-watching a new Netflix series, make a point of getting up from your seat more often — ideally, every 30 minutes. Set an alarm if necessary. Stand up while you’re at the office, do some stretches, and walk around the room. The important thing is to break up long periods of sitting with standing.
2. Amp Up Your Everyday Activities
Chances are, you can add more movement into things you’re already doing. For example, instead of standing in the kitchen while you’re making dinner, add in some squats or leg lifts. Walk up and down the stairs while you’re talking on the phone. Do lunges or crunches while you watch TV.
3. Try Yoga
Yoga is a great way to improve strength and flexibility and can ward off ailments such as back pain. It’s also been shown to decrease stress, anxiety, and chronic inflammation. Even if you’ve never done yoga before, you can find countless free videos online to help you learn postures and proper form. And it’s great for small spaces — all you need is a mat! Don’t worry if you’re not flexible — do the best you can, and you’ll likely become more flexible in the process.
4. Buy Some Exercise Bands
Strength training is key to building strong bones and muscles, especially as you age. But not everyone can keep a full set of weights in their home gym. Try exercise bands instead. Resistance bands will allow you to do many of the same activities — such as biceps curls and shoulder presses — with very little equipment. They’re also great for traveling.
5. Boost Your Immune System With Nutrient-Rich Foods
Don’t forget to pair your exercise routine with nutrient-dense meals that will keep your immune system strong all winter long. Bone broth is a great way to get important minerals, electrolytes, and anti-inflammatory compounds that will keep you feeling strong and healthy. Its high content of collagen and gelatin will also help you build healthy muscle tissue after a good workout.
If you’re curling up on the couch to watch a movie (after your workout, of course!), bone broth by itself makes a great alternative to coffee or tea. It can also be used in soups, stews, or casseroles. It can even add more flavor to staples like rice or pasta when used in place of water.
At Osso Good, we make bone broths and paleo soups with organic ingredients that are nutrient dense, gluten free, dairy free, Whole30 Approved, and Certified Paleo. We are very proud to make our own bone broth in small, controlled batches to ensure the quality is always consistent and the taste is always amazing.