For students who don’t participate in winter sports, it is easy to neglect physical activity during these cold, homework-heavy winter months. After all, we do live in Minnesota. Or should I say, Minne-snow-ta, land of freezing winters and snow on the ground until April. Who wants to exercise outside in that?

Unfortunately, one thing that does not freeze at the beginning of winter is your overall fitness level. According to Healthline, staying active keeps your bones and muscles strong. Beyond this, in terms of everyday life, according to Mayo Clinic, staying active improves sleep quality, and can put you in a better mood. On a biological level, the Mayo Clinic article stated that physical activity makes you less likely to develop certain cardiovascular illnesses, as it gets rid of some of the triglycerides in your body, while helping your body make beneficial cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein.

Now that we’ve established that it’s a good idea to stay active, here are a few ideas for how to do it this winter.

If you prefer staying indoors(because warmth) try

  • Indoor tabata workouts or high intensity interval training
  • Running up and down a flight of stairs
  • Yoga or pilates

If you’re willing to brave the cold (I recommend bundling up) try

  • Ice skating with friends
  • Skiing
  • Snow-shoeing

Have fun!

 

For more information on the importance of staying active, check out:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-benefits-of-exercise#section3

or

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389\

 

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