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Transitioning to Indoor Exercise

While summer offers opportunities to walk, jog, bicycle, garden, play sports and get into shape, cold weather brings the temptation to eat more, move less and hibernate indoors. Shorter days, frosty air and holiday parties can threaten the fitness gains you made during the summer to get you health in check.

Instead of fighting the cold and darkness, you can maintain your fitness level, prevent weight gain, reduce stress and avoid exercise boredom by moving your fitness routine indoors. If you hate the cold and the dark or are afraid of falling on wet or icy pavement, stay warm, safe and fit by exercising indoors. There are options for everyone:

  • Join a health club suited to your personal style. Many have short-term or month-to-month memberships and special classes for seniors or beginning exercisers. many of our patients love the Silver Sneakers Program.

  • Combine fitness and fun by joining a league for an indoor sport such as bowling or basketball.

  • Enroll in a yoga, Pilates, tai chi, aerobics or dance class. We love love hot yoga in the winter and would highly recommend Chesapeake Hot Yoga.

  • Swim in an indoor pool. Water exercise is especially good for people with joint problems. If lap swimming is too solitary, try a water aerobics class.

  • Walk at the mall. Many malls have early morning walking clubs that provide both companionship and exercise. Greenbrier Mall, which is right up the street from us, has a mall walking group- talk about convenient and warm!

  • Invest in home exercise equipment such as a treadmill that everyone in the family can use. Stretch your dollars by looking for used equipment, and check with your physical therapist if you have questions about its proper use.

  • Exercise at home to a workout tape. Most libraries have a variety of exercise videos. Borrow a few until you find one you like. Then you can purchase it for your own use.

If bad weather keeps you house bound, talk to our team about your fitness goals. Together, we can develop a set of exercises you can perform at home without specialized equipment. Call us today to set up your wellness session to get you healthy before 2019 rolls around.


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