Hello, Hello – I have a really great guest post today written for you by Jordan Spindler. I’m alway flattered when I get a request from someone to post on my blog – blush. And what a great topic for this time of year – I hope you enjoy it as much as I did…
Staying in shape during cold and flu season can be a serious challenge. The cold weather and persistent airborne illness can hinder not only your motivation, but in some cases even your ability to get out there and give 100 percent. But if you let your personal health fall by the wayside, you will have a far more difficult time preparing for beach season in the spring time. The key is to stay toned year round, and that sometimes means adjusting your workout routine for the season.
Tips for Getting Started
If the cold winter blues have got you down, consider moving your workout routine indoors. There is a wealth of routines that you can incorporate into your daily life with the help of high impact DVDs. You can enjoy everything from Tae Bo to Zumba, Bodyblade to circuit training, aerobics to kickboxing.
There are workouts for every mood, every taste and every fitness level. Yoga and Pilates are especially popular and beneficial; Pilates can help you to build a strong core and work every major muscle group, and yoga provides mutual benefit to the mind, body and spirit. Try a variety of different workouts and see what works best for you.
Taking it to the Next Level
If you have a bit of money to invest, why not bring the gym into your home? We all know that the common cold and other viruses spread like wildflower in crowded environments, so you may want to just take a break from your favorite gym altogether. Purchase some personal home equipment like fitness balls, free weights or a Total Gym, or a cardio machine such as treadmills or stationary bikes.
By bringing the fitness routine into your home, you not only enjoy the benefit of less exposure to germs, but you will quickly see how much easier it is to stay motivated when you can exercise without the inconvenience of having to constantly find time to slip out to the gym. Just stretch, turn on your favorite television program and go for it.
If you’re feeling truly ambitious, you might incorporate some winter sports into your workout routine. Activities like snowboarding, ice skating and hockey have tremendous fitness potential, in addition to being extremely fun. Staying fit during the winter season is all about motivation, and the best way to maintain a healthy level of motivation is to keep your exercise routine fresh, fun and challenging, so get creative with your workouts on a daily basis.
Tips for Staying Healthy
Even if you maintain your traditional workout routine and spend your days in a crowded gym, you can stay healthy during cold season by heeding a few simple, proactive health measures. For starters, wash your hands as often as possible, especially after handling gym equipment. Use hot water and soap, and scrub thoroughly for no fewer than 20 seconds.