6 Hot Activities for Cold-Weather Fitness

February 12, 2020

Whether it’s spring, summer, or fall, there are many ways to stay active and healthy outside your home. From running, hiking, cycling to playing sports like baseball/softball, basketball, and football, it’s easy to get your blood pumping while enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. But then a New York winter hits. Suddenly it’s dark out when you drive to and from work, it’s too cold outside to do much more than check the mail, and your activity level plummets. Before you resign yourself to four months of couches, TV, and lethargy, consider these six ways to defrost your routine.

  1. Join a Gym
    This may seem obvious, but many outdoor lovers or those who dislike traditional workouts avoid gyms at all costs. If you’re one of them, you’re missing out on all that many gyms have to offer. From indoor tennis and basketball courts and pools to kickboxing and yoga classes, there are more things to do at the gym than pick things up and put them down.
  2. Ice Skate
    Whether it’s on a pond or an indoor or outdoor rink, nothing screams “winter fun” more than ice skating. Not only is ice skating a fun way to spend a few hours with family, friends, or significant others, a leisurely hour-long skate can burn nearly 400 calories!
  3. Try an Indoor Sport
    Just because you can’t hit the baseball/softball or football field, doesn’t mean you can’t continue to play sports in the winter. Many gyms and community centers feature indoor basketball, volleyball, and soccer courts, so you can stay in the game no matter how low the temperature goes.
  4. Be a Kid Again
    Whether you have kids, nieces or nephews, or younger siblings to join in the fun or just want to act like a kid again, there are a variety of things you can do outdoors in winter to stay active and have a great time. From building a snowman and snowball fights to sledding the day away, relive your former snow days this winter.
  5. Hit the Mall
    Between online shopping and time crunches, you probably don’t spend a lot of time at the mall. But you’re missing out on a truly great way to stay fit: mall walking. Some malls actually offer early-morning programs specifically for mall walking, but you can accomplish the same burn on your own or with a friend just by traversing the building at a brisk pace.
  6. Take the Stairs
    Most people who don’t live or work on the ground level of a building tend to take the elevator every day. Mix it up by hitting the stairs instead. Want to use stairs to complement your workout routine? It’s a great way to keep moving and burns nearly 500 calories over an hour!

But there’s no “winter break” from accidents—no matter how careful you are—especially when you factor in ice and snow. If you take an unexpected spill or get injured this winter, contact Orlin & Cohen, Long Island’s top orthopedic team. Immediate appointments are available: Request yours now.