Winter exercise might be a lot easier if you had the sunny outlook of Officer Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) in Fargo: Its a beautiful day, she says while driving through a colorless tundra of ice and snow. Heres how to make winter workouts more fun, less bone-chilling and less expensive than the gym!
For indoor workouts:
1. Start a new activity: Try a workout video; put your bike on a stationary stand in front of your TV; or put on tunes and dance for 20-30 minutes and do it regularly.
2. Find a mall-walking group.
3. In an apartment building or at work, take up stair climbing from lobby to top floor and back.
For outdoor activity:
1. Layer for warmth to wick away chilling moisture. On your torso, wear a synthetic material that draws sweat off the skin and keeps you warm. The next layer should insulate fleece works nicely. The outer layer should be wind-resistant and waterproof, but breathable. Leggings that provide a light wicking layer and fit easily under wind-resistant, insulating outer pants are toasty. And a head cover that protects ears, neck and cheeks does wonders for your stamina, as do double-layered foot cozies a water-resistant shell over a standard running/walking shoe. If youre warm, its more likely youll do it again tomorrow.
Now youll be able to enjoy striding out for your 10,000 steps a day!
Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of The Dr. Oz Show, and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.