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Staying Active During the Winter

Student walking near the Univeristy Center

April 18, 2018

Staying active in the winter is hard. Especially when the temperature is in the single digits outside. But when your new year’s resolution involves being healthier, how can you accomplish this? Staying motivated is key. If you truly want a healthier and more active lifestyle in upcoming year then you have to set your mind to that and can’t be tempted to take a nap, or watch Netflix because of the inclement weather.

Spring is upon us but these tips are always helpful! Especially at the end of winter when we feel we are ready for warmer weather! Here are 6 tips to assist you in living a healthy life and keep your health in tip-top shape during the cold winter days! 

Take sacrifices

If you come home from a long day of work and or class and all you want to do is watch TV then try to incentivize yourself. Do a little physical activity before you watch TV, and then do some more during the commercial breaks/in between episodes. Exercising for a minimum of 30 minutes daily can help improve your bodies health.

Take the stairs

We’ve all done it, taken the elevator up one floor just so we don’t have to walk up the stairs. But taking the stairs can help reduce all the tension and stress building up. Plus the more stress that builds up, the more likely you are of catching a cold. Taking the stairs can also help you feel more awake before class.

Add some coloful fruit and vegetables

Giving yourself more fruits and vegetables each day can keep your body clean. Challenge yourself by eating fruits and vegetables with every meal. The Campus Recreation has Nutrition Services to provide you with feedback and guidance.

Wash your hands

Everyone is more susceptible to getting sick in the winter, and when people aren’t washing their hands then they’re just spreading more germs. It’s a never-ending cycle. But don’t just rinse your hands. Make sure you’re washing your hands with soap as well.

Go to the Campus Rec

The Campus Rec is open 7 days a week, and it offers several different types of physical exercise. You can go for a jog around the track or maybe play a little intramural sport. Test out your skills in racquet ball or go do a few laps in the pool. Ever wanted to try out Yoga, or Zumba? We have student instructors who can teach it to you. The recreation center caters to all student’s interests. Don’t live close to the gym? Try some indoor workouts to keep your blood pumping and your heart active. Set-up a home gym or even do simple exercises to get you off your feet. Jumping Jack, squats, pushups, lunges, etc. Check out the Campus Recreation Center for more information and ideas.

Drink water

Everybody tells you this time and time again. Water is essential to being healthy during the cold winter days. Drink at least 8 ounces of water every day for maximized health benefits.

Whether it was your new year’s resolution, a goal, or a lifestyle change. If you follow these 6 steps you can help yourself lead a more active and healthy lifestyle. It’s never too late to get started!