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Keeping active in the winter months

We know that we need to be active every day to maintain and improve our health; but, lets face it, that gets a lot harder when the days are colder and shorter and we have to battle snow to be outside. I would like to say that it can be good to get out in the colder weather and walk for a few minutes (as long as there are clear, dry sidewalks to walk on); but, assuming you don't feel like donning your winter parka to get your fitness on.... What are some ways to stay active even in the colder months of winter?

If you like/prefer to walk, head to your local mall or recreation center and take a walk around. There are many groups for "mall-walking" around. You can mask up and join a friend or two and walk the mall. Most recreation centers also have a walking track that you can easily keep track of your distance traveled. Some even have walking groups to keep each other accountable.

If you want to venture into a different activity, you can also go to your rec center and meet with a trainer to work on some fitness machines for weight training and cardiovascular exercise. It may seem intimidating, but most trainers are skilled at being able to address your needs and adjust to any specific areas of weakness or pain or you can ask your PT for recommendations of exercise equipment. Plus, everyone was a beginner at some point, right?!

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