Getting in shape is a popular New Year’s resolution. It is good for your health and it preps you to look your best in those warm summer months. For some, regular exercise is difficult because of rain, snow, ice, and cold temperatures. For those brave enough to explore the outdoors instant cold and hot packs become their best friend.
Before getting to recovery, what are some winter fitness resolutions you can try? It can be getting into better shape. It can be getting up off the couch and getting daily fresh air. It can be learning a new skill or hobby. Regardless of your motivation, here are some ideas that can give you a workout while enjoying the winter wonderland:
- Take regular walks around your neighborhood
- Start running
- Go for a hike
- Try skiing or snowboarding
- Try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing
- Go off the beaten path and run some trails
- Try mountaineering and climbing
- For the ultra-adventurous, try winter tent camping
The harsh winter weather doesn’t have to keep your New Year’s fitness resolution limited to indoor gyms and yoga studios. You can get exercise while also exploring the beautiful outdoors.
We all have some extra holiday weight to lose. It may be tempting to dive right into a robust fitness routine or adventure. To help prevent injury, it is important you assess your current fitness level and ability. Start small and easy, gradually working up to something more intense and strenuous. For something like cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, mountaineering, and snowboarding, take a few lessons first. If you want to start walking, running, or hiking, start with short distances at a slower, comfortable pace.
Even if you take precautions not to overexert yourself, injuries and strains can occur. If you’re doing an activity your body isn’t used to doing, muscles will get sore. With slippery, icy conditions, falls can occur. If you’re not prepared or dressed for the weather, frostbite can happen.
What are some ways you can recover from these bumps, bruises, and strains?
- Get some rest. Ease up on the intensity of the activity. If the muscles are sore, relax them for a bit.
- Epsom salt bath. A few minutes of soaking in a warm Epsom salt bath can help lessen the soreness and relax the muscles.
- Warm water soak. For minor frostbite on fingers and toes, gradually re-warm them with warm water.
- Hot packs, cold packs, and heating pads. For sore muscles, the alternating of hot and cold packs to the area can help relieve soreness.
- Massage. A massage can help loosen sore and stiff muscles and improve circulation.
- Stretch. Stretching can prevent muscle injury and soreness and help muscles rebound after injury. Be sure to take it easy.
- Take Ibuprofen or other pain relievers.
- Apply Bactine and bandages regularly for minor cuts and scrapes. Keep the wound clean by regularly washing the area with soap and water and keep it clean during the day with bandages and Bactine.
For more severe injuries like fractured or broken bones, dislocations, head injuries, and severe frostbite and cuts, it is important to get professional medical care as soon as possible and then consult your doctor before returning to any exercise regimen.
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