Stay Active during Winter Break

by Sara Waldron on December 19, 2017

Why Should I stay Active over Winter Break?

The holidays are here! Tis the season to enjoy the time with our families and friends. Often times, this time of year also means eating more rich food especially desserts. The rich foods combined with a likely decrease in physical activity can result in weight gain during the holiday season. The cold weather we experience during this time in New England doesn’t help motivate us either! While there is nothing wrong with indulging over the holidays, there are many ways to stay active over winter break.

What are the Health Benefits for Me?

There are many benefits to staying active over winter break. It is a great way to improve or maintain your overall personal health. Even walking for 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle control. Also, it can reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and some cancers. In order to improve your health, physical activity doesn’t have to be vigorous or completed for long periods of time.

 

Tips to Motivate You to Become More Active Over Winter

  • Participate in winter-themed activities. There are so many great wintertime activities you can easily enjoy. Skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and sledding are just a few options to keep you active during the winter. Stop hiding from the cold weather and have some fun with your friends before classes begin.
  • Try some new indoor exercises.
  • Shovel snow.
  • Try exercising while watching Television.
  • Wear a Fitbit or other activity tracker daily.
  • Find a workout partner.

It’s all too easy to over indulge during the holiday season. Try following some of those tips to reduce negative impacts on your health and stay active over winter break. To learn more about Outreach Education and the BSU Peer Educators, like the BSU Outreach page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events on the Involvement Network at https://bridgew.collegiatelink.net/ and search for the BSU Peer Educators.

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