How to Stay Active and Healthy in the New Year
Millions of Americans make the same types of fitness-related resolutions every year. Get in shape. Lose weight. Be more active. No matter how you say it, the end goal is the same: to have an active lifestyle that leads to improved health.
If you have a similar resolution this year, you’ll benefit by having different options for how to stay active in the winter. Check out the list of activities below, then pick one and get moving. If you’re heading outdoors, be sure to dress appropriately for the activity and weather.
1. Go Camping
Take the entire family off-grid for a long weekend. And when we say the entire family, we mean it! Do like this family did and even bring the pooch. Getting outdoors is good for so many reasons. Clean air and a bit of a digital detox are things that we can all benefit from, and make no mistake, camping is certainly an active activity. Getting the tent up and chopping firewood are great ways to be active while also taking a break from your daily hustle.
2. Take a Hike
While you’re on that family camping trip, don’t forget to take a hike. Hiking is active and adventurous for even the smallest trekkers. And if you approach it with an enthusiastic and fun approach, just like this dad did, you’ll find the kids love it just as much as you do.
The trick for success is to pre-plan realistic hikes that are challenging yet achievable and pack a bag with snacks and plenty of water. Remember that it’s OK to hike more slowly so the kids have time to play along the way. Check out more tips for hiking with kids.
3. Do Your Favorite Snow-Related Activity
Whether you enjoy snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or sledding, take advantage of the winter season and have fun in the snow while burning plenty of calories to boot! Depending on where you live, you can plan a weekend getaway or take a spontaneous day trip. Either way, you’re guaranteed to have a blast with loved ones.
4. Go Fly a Kite
We know flying a kite doesn’t sound very active. But when you try flying WITH your kite, as @floridiansunshine does, you’ll get a real workout. Kitesurfing requires incredible core control and is a great exercise.
5. Run Away
Many people start running around the New Year. In fact, many seasoned runners even refer to the newbies as “resolution runners.” That’s because, for many, once the New Year’s shine wears off of that resolution, they abandon their running goals.
Avoid being a “resolution runner” by setting a running routine. Work with a buddy or an established runner, someone like @dashofdebi, to keep yourself accountable, and try new routes daily to keep things fresh. Following seasoned runners like @TiaClair1 on social media can help with tips and tricks, too.
6. Go Further
Are you already a regular runner? Good for you! Challenge yourself by taking your running to the next level and sign up for a marathon. Pick a date in the summer or fall so that you have enough time to train for the event – and a looming deadline that keeps you active for months to come. It’s all about setting a lofty goal and then working hard to achieve it. That’s something that @davetopp knows all about.
7. Go Rock Climbing
Whether indoors or out, rock climbing is a great way to stay active while being challenged and having fun. During the winter season, if you want to avoid the ice, visit a nearby rock climbing gym.
8. Practice Yoga
Beginning or continuing a yoga practice this winter is a great way to incorporate workouts that are beneficial for your whole body, as well as your mind. Take a class at least once a week at a studio near you or, if you prefer to practice yoga from the comfort of your home, you can find plenty of yoga videos and apps online. Better yet, check out our recommended fitness apps (including a yoga one!) if you’re looking for other options for how to stay active at home.
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