Learn how you can help manage your diabetes by staying physically fit even during those long, cold winter months!
In many parts of the country, wintertime means snowy sidewalks, icy streets, and freezing temps. Whether you experience it, or can imagine it, winter weather can make getting your workout in a little more difficult than usual. Nonetheless, exercise is important year round, even if you don’t have a diabetes diagnosis. So don’t be discouraged, and don’t let the sometimes-bleak winter season keep you from getting fit. Check out these four great ways to get your blood pumping this winter.
Walk Your Way to Health
What’s one exercise that can burn up to 200 calories in just thirty minutes? If you guessed walking, you’re right! Walk at a relaxed pace for thirty minutes and you’ll burn around 100 calories, while a thirty minute brisk walk can burn double that amount. This low-impact workout appeals to many because it essentially can be done anywhere and it’s an excellent way to control one’s weight. That means it can also help in managing your diabetes and preventing complications associated with the disease. When walking outside in the winter, just be sure to dress warmly and wear proper footwear when it’s icy!
Dance it out with Zumba
A very trendy workout option is Zumba, a popular exercise for anyone who loves dancing (and burning calories at the same time). Best described as social exercise, Zumba classes are ideal for those wanting to spend time with others while getting in shape. These classes are held indoors, so there’s no problem if it’s cold outside, and because they are popular, there’s a good chance you can find one or more classes near you. So lace up your ‘dancing’ shoes and give this somewhat new form of exercise a try. You’ll likely have so much fun practicing your moves, you will forget you’re also doing your body a favor!
Swim to Reduce Stress
Head to the nearest pool of water and you’ll instantly find yourself in the perfect place to get fit. Swimming happens to be the fourth most popular exercise in the U.S. and serves as an excellent aerobic workout for your whole body. It reduces your stress levels, gives your joints a break from the pounding of other exercise, and is actually fun too. If you’re not a fan of swimming laps, try a water aerobics class and still enjoy the benefits of water based exercise. Another bonus? Indoor pools at many gyms are heated so you’ll also take the chill off while working out!
Go Find Hidden Treasure
So you say you have a hankering for the outdoors? This last exercise option might just be your pick then. Geocaching is a treasure hunt of sorts that involves a little technology since you’ll need access to Wi-Fi and GPS. Your smart phone’s GPS should easily suffice. Just take your family (or take a solo trip!) and go find the treasures hidden in your area as shown on the official Geocaching website. You’ll all learn a little more about problem-solving and teamwork while enjoying the benefits of being active and being outdoors. You really can’t go wrong with this year-round activity, so bundle up and give it a try.
Just Stay Active!
Diabetes is something you manage year-round and staying fit should be as well. Thankfully, winter doesn’t need to threaten your workouts. Just choose one of the activities above to stay active and, in turn, help manage your diabetes. Make your pursuit of fitness a goal this year and before too long, you may discover you actually enjoy it.
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