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Stay Motivated and Active in the Winter to Lose Weight

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The short days and the cold weather in the winter can wreak havoc on your fitness routine.

As the temperature outside drops, it gets more difficult to brave the elements for outdoor exercise. Wear layers, drink plenty of water and decide how cold is just too cold and winter exercise will get easier.
In the winter, you need a different game plan.

Certainly for most of us, motivation tends to wane in winter. The key is to try different activities, like zumba, yoga, kettle bells or other group exercise classes. Have a flexible approach to your fitness routine as the weather changes.

If you're keen to exercise outside in all seasons, learn to dress for winter workouts.

Wear layers. That's really important when it's cold outside and make sure you're not becoming wet. Heavy cotton soaks up sweat, so you might want to stick with wool or polyester: something water repellent.

Don't leave home without hat and gloves. Heat loss from the head alone is about 50% at the freezing mark, according to ACE's safety tips for cold weather.

Keeping hands and feet warm is crucial because in cold the body shunts blood away from the extremities to warm internal organs at the center.

Consider a scarf or face mask in temperatures below zero, to warm the air a little bit before it gets into your body.

Usually you won’t forget to layer up in the cold, but many forget to hydrate. It is just as important to stay hydrated in winter.

Here is the breakdown of the calorie burn of 30 minutes of winter activities, such as sledding (250 calories), ice skating (230 calories), shoveling snow (230 calories). These numbers can fluctuate of course. This is based on an average woman of 145 pounds. And calorie burn can change for sledding and snow shoveling depending on whether the snow is wet or fluffy.

Keep mixing it up, and trying out other ways to be physical, remember, you burn more calories when you're shivering.

Original article – Fox News



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