Stay active in the colder months



As the days get shorter we all want to curl up on the couch with a nice hot chocolate and watch our favourite shows, but the advantages of regular exercise are too great to ignore.

With Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Statistics Canada reporting an increase in depression rates during the colder months, staying active can be a good way to combat these rising rates.

In order to help you get moving, here are eight ways that you can use to stay active:

  1. Use services offered at work. If your work location has a gym or hosts group fitness classes, take advantage of this, even if it means spending 10-30 minutes on the treadmill before or after work, or during your lunch break. Doing something is better than nothing.
  1. Play outside with your kids. There’s a saying, “With over Watch” that refers to the benefits of actively playing with your kids instead of simply watching them. It provides a mutual benefit of bonding for you and your kids, and the added bonus of burning some calories at the same time.
  1. Organize a walking or running group. Chances are some of your colleagues would enjoy going for a group walk or run, but are waiting for someone to take the initiative. Why not take the initiative, but make sure to dress appropriately. Think comfort, warmth, and water-proof.
  1. Try something new. Skiing, snowshoeing, winter hiking, skating, ice hockey, winter bird watching, the list goes on. Who knows, you may discover a new passion. Find equipment for rent or at a discounted price at a used sports store.
  1. Desk-ercise. The term desk-ercise refers to exercise that can be performed throughout your workday, even at your desk. It’s a great way to incorporate movement during the static periods of your day. And of course, take the stairs whenever you can.
  1. Swimming and aqua sports. A great alternative for those looking for a low-impact workout. Check with your local recreation center as some offer discounts for federal government employees.
  1. Don’t forget nutrition. The most important things to keep in mind are drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutrient-dense foods. The proper nutrition can help you to perform better and provide you with the energy to keep you moving.
  1. Expect setbacks and learn from them. What works for other people may not work for you. It may take some time to find the right activity and routine. Don’t sweat the small stuff and celebrate the small victories.

So, how do you stay active in the colder months?

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