A few tips for winter exercise

When the weather gets colder, there's a temptation to "hibernate" and avoid the seasonal chill. There's an idea that some people even put on a "winter coat" of extra weight before returning to exercise in the spring.

While there's no shame in staying inside, there's also no reason to forego exercise just because of the time of year. Keeping a regular exercise regimen can help you stay consistent, one of the most important aspects of health and fitness, even if you don't have a gym membership.

Here are a few things to focus on if the weather is less hospitable in your neck of the woods:

  • Layering up: If you're wearing the right gear, and feeling brave, you could always venture outside even in the frosty cold days. With the right combination of gloves, sweaters and other clothes, the outdoors might seem less formidable. However, when temperatures drop too far below zero (or there's a chance you'll get wet), it might be smarter to simply stay inside.
  • Try new things: The change in seasons could be a opportunity to try a different type of exercise. Perhaps hiking in the snow, skiing or some other winter activity could add to your normal workout plan and leave you feeling fitter.
  • Yoga and stretching: If you have enough space at home, this is an easy way to develop some muscles without leaving a comfortable space. Yoga Journal also mentioned that winter is a good time to strengthen the lymphatic system in the body, so stretches that focus on this, like the Standing Forward Bend, could help enhance your body's defenses, the source said.

Another great idea could be to consult with a doctor or nutritionist for help with lifestyle choices before a storm sets in. That way, the professional's advice will be with you as the weather changes.