Between the cold temperatures and the temptation of warming up by the fireplace in our sweats, staying active in the winter isn’t always easy. Though it’s important to let your body rest, it’s just as important to stay active during the winter months, especially if you suffer from vein disease. Minimal movement and lack of exercise can have adverse effects on your veins and lead to worsening symptoms. Below are some easy tips to stay active in the winter months to keep you and your veins healthy.
Make time for fun
You can actually get in plenty of exercise without it feeling like a lot of work. Take some time out of your day to spend with the kids and do something fun together. Go outside, make a snowman, ice skate or sled.
If the outdoors are too cold for you, get creative and try some at-home exercises. A quick 20-minute workout DVD and a few simple hand weights can make all the difference.
Try a winter sport
Taking up a winter sport like skiing or snowboarding is a great way to stay active during the winter months, and it’s fun, too.
Join a group exercise class
Need some extra motivation? A group class at your local gym will motivate you to get up and moving. Challenge yourself and try a class out of your comfort zone, like yoga or Zumba.
Set some goals
Nothing is more motivating than the looming summer months creeping up. Set some small, achievable goals for yourself to have completed by springtime.
A workout buddy is a great way to stay motivated and active during the winter months. Enlist your spouse, a neighbor, or a friend to join you. An exercise partner will hold you accountable and make you more likely to stay on track.
Lastly, and most importantly, be sure you are hydrating before, during and after you exercise. Many people don’t notice their sweat as much in cold temperatures, but hydrating is just as important in the winter as it is any other time of the year.
For more information on how you can keep your veins healthy throughout the winter months, call the vein specialists at Northern Illinois Vein Clinic today at (877) 999-7912.