By Bernard Freeman
When the weather outside is frightful, it can be hard to keep your exercise routine. Here are some tips for keeping active amidst the trays of holiday cookies and that Thanksgiving gravy.
Hit the Mall
You might need to pick up a few gifts, anyway, so why not take a few laps in the climate- controlled shopping mall? Many malls have markers inside to tell you how far you’ve gone. Just remember to stay safe when walking. Wear appropriate shoes and practice good safety in the parking lot.
Shovel Snow, Rake Leaves, or Do Other Yard Work
Make sure you get the all-clear from your doctor first, especially for strenuous activity like shoveling snow. And get the right equipment. Visit your local home improvement store for advice on what you need.
Head for the Hills
Take up a new sport like skiing or snowboarding. Grab the family and sign up for lessons at a local ski area for a great winter bonding experience. The experts at your local sporting goods or outdoor stores can point you to the right equipment for any skill level.
Take Dance Lessons
Get ready for those holiday parties by cutting a rug at your local gym or dance studio.
Start practicing (indoor!) restorative exercises like tai chi and yoga to stay active and also fight off holiday stress.
Grab Your Skates
Many arenas open up an ice rink for the holiday season. Rent some skates and hit the ice for a couple of hours.