Alrighty, Thrive Tribe! It's that time of year again where the days get shorter and colder, and somehow your blanket gained 50 lbs making it a struggle to get out of your cozy bed in the morning. As the temperature drops, we often spend more time indoors doing sedentary activities and it can be tough to keep active. You should try planning ahead by setting aside time in your schedule to ensure you're getting the physical activity that you need to keep fit and healthy.
Adults need at least 20 minutes of brisk exercise or 10 minutes of vigorous exercise EVERY SINGLE DAY to achieve health benefits from exercise. Brisk exercise would consist of moderate intensity aerobic activities which would include brisk walking and biking. You'll know your activity is moderate intensity if you find yourself sweating a little bit and if you are breathing harder than when you’re moving about day-to-day. Vigorous intensity activities include jogging or cross-country skiing, and you’re likely to find yourself sweating and feeling out of breath.
Below I'll list a few tips that will help keep you motivated to stay active during these next (hopefully not too many), winter months!
Just a couple of activity buddies enjoying our daytime skate at Market Square!
Whatever your activity level is, please remember to stay hydrated! It's easy to forget to drink water when it’s cold out, but your body needs just as much hydration in a snowstorm as it does in a heatwave!
For help on setting activity goals based on your specific musculoskeletal needs, you can always ask your friendly neighbourhood chiropractor about what activities are right for you! Click HERE to make an appointment.
Most importantly, stay motivated! Here’s to staying active in the New Year! Catch you all in 2020!
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