KEEP MOVING INDOORS!
Exercising indoors during the cold weather months can help you stay in shape. It also can help fend off colds and flus. Plus, it will let you burn off some of that holiday weight and will keep your mood upbeat during the winter “blahs” and “blues.”
Doing any kind of activity is better than being a couch potato this winter. Here are some ways to get going:
YOGA You can do yoga anywhere in the house – bedroom, bathroom, living room. It’s a great way to warm up your body in the morning and it improves breathing and flexibility. If you’re new at it, take out a DVD from Herrick Memorial Library. Or try a beginner class at Inner Circle Personal Fitness or with Deb Lansman of Lansman Shape Shop.
CARDIO EXERCISE If you can’t walk or run outdoors, consider other ways to get your heart pumping: climbing stairs, jumping rope, deep-knee bends, jogging in place or jumping jacks.
DANCE! Turn on your favorite music and dance. Get the kids (or grandkids) involved. Dance for 10 to 15 minutes every day. It will put a huge smile on your face!
CALISTHENICS The military uses bodyweight exercise (or calisthenics) to build up strong bodies. Try these: leg lifts, push-ups, sit-ups, squats or crunches.
Health and Fitness Quotes:
“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.”
-- Lao Tzu
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body,
it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”
-- President John F. Kennedy
“To keep the body in good health is a duty ... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”