Hello Winter! Winter is inevitable in Central New York – and it is here! It comes every year without fail. It can be a very tough time of the year for all of us. Some of our favorite recreational activities and ways to stay fit are no longer feasible and we are left stuck indoors!
Staying active during the winter months is tough! As the temperatures drop, exercising and staying active becomes more challenging. This can weigh heavily on our bodies and minds. Wouldn’t we all rather curl up on the couch with a good movie or book? However, physical and mental activity are very important to help maintain overall health, especially since winter in CNY can last for so many months in a row!
There are so many health benefits of regular exercise. Your brain is a muscle too, so mental exercise is just as important to keep up your health and a good attitude throughout the winter (and all year!)
Exercise can cause the brain to produce and release endorphins. Endorphins help to improve mood, outlook and can even combat depression and anxiety! Regular exercise also helps to reduce the symptoms of chronic pain (and possibly even prevent it), increase energy levels, improve immune system function, boost memory and even help you to sleep better. Exercising both your body and your mind are just two ways to maintain a balanced lifestyle.
It’s never too late to start some good habits! Here are a few ways to stay active this winter…