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How To Stay Active This Winter

Hibernation: bears do it, and sometimes it seems like people do too. When the days get short and the temperature drops into the single digits, it can be easy to just stay curled up in a blanket on the couch watching movies. This kind of behavior seems so natural that you might not even notice it until you step out from your house in the spring to find that your clothing seems a little tighter than they were before. To avoid that dreaded feeling, here are some creative ways to stay active in the winter.

Cross country skiing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors.Cross country skiing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors.

Cross Country Skiing
If skiing down a mountain isn't your thing, you may want to try cross country skiing. It's an excellent way to burn calories and build up your strength. That said, just because you're not working your way down a hill, doesn't mean this form of skiing is necessarily easy. If you've never experienced cross country skiing before, consider finding a local group or class to learn how. Then, start out by practicing on prepared trails and build up to forging out your own! Novices shouldn't try to forge their own paths until they are entirely comfortable with the sport.

Whether you head to a class or stay at home with a workout video, yoga is a great way to stay limber and in shape during the winter months. Wear your nuyu™ Activity Tracker to measure your rate of calories burned. This is also a great activity because it requires very little equipment. All you need is some loose-fitting clothes and a mat. If local classes are a little too crowded at this time of year, check out this article for ways to avoid overcrowded gyms.

If you live in the southern U.S., hiking is still a great option for a winter activity. When you have a free day, head to a local trail and explore nature with your family or your dog. Your nuyu™ Activity Tracker will keep track of your steps and let you know when you've reached your goal. This can be a great way to bond with your family and get everyone involved in a healthy lifestyle.

Barbells make it easy to workout at home.Barbells make it easy to workout at home.

Strength Training
Having a small set of barbells at home can really increase your likelihood of working out during the winter. Like yoga, the equipment is minimal. While you're watching TV, try standing and doing some bicep curls or squats. This way, you still get to watch your favorite shows!

It doesn't take a lot of effort to stay active in the winter months, but it really pays off in the end. Keep moving this season and by the spring you'll be ready to strut your stuff in your warm-weather clothes!