Do you find yourself hiding indoors, avoiding the dead of winter? Although it is cold outside, the last thing we want to do is neglect our bodies and avoid being active! Our physical and mental health play a significant role in our daily lives. For individuals with diabetes, it is imperative to stay active and get at least thirty minutes of physical activity every day to keep our blood sugar levels within a normal range, despite the weather!
If the cool climates and snow turn you off from going outside, here are some great winter activities that will keep you healthy and may even change your perspective on winter!
1. Outdoor Walks and Hikes
One of the best forms of exercise is walking – something we do every day without even realizing the benefits! So instead of admiring the winter season from the inside, try grabbing your favourite hot beverage and immerse yourself in a winter walk or hike. Be sure to bundle up and wear those layers, as staying warm is crucial for people with diabetes. Find a hiking trail near you and bring along your partner or a friend to get in an easy workout that requires nothing but your body.
2. Snow Shoeing
If a walk or hike seems ordinary or boring to you, try switching it up with snowshoeing! This is a fun way to enjoy the abundance of snow winter brings us. All you need is a good trail and the essential snowshoeing accessories: walking poles and gaiters. Snowshoeing is a great low-impact aerobic exercise that challenges your endurance and helps you achieve that daily step goal!
Curling is a Canadian classic if you are looking for a winter activity that does not involve being outside! Curling is also a great activity option for those who want to participate in a team sport. Getting a group of people together makes the whole idea of physical activity less of a chore, and instead, it becomes a fun winter outing!
These are just a few low-impact easy winter activities to get you off the couch and enjoy the winter season! It is essential to understand the benefits of physical activity and ensure our physical and mental health are at their best. Winter comes around every year, so we may as well find ways to use it to our advantage!
Bundle up and enjoy the winter season!
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