Stay Moving as Spring Approaches - Quick & Easy Ways to Keep Active During the Winter

If you can't seem to break the winter slump, try getting active with some of these tips.

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Many people use the frigid days of winter as an excuse not to work out – it is cold outside, there’s snow on the ground, and all you want to do is curl up on the couch.  Though we may not feel like working out, our bodies still require exercise, regardless of the season.  The Centers for Disease Control state that adults between the ages of 18 and 64 require at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as brisk walking) or 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (such as jogging or running) per week, as well as two or more days of muscle-strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups.  Registering at a gym or fitness center is not the only way to get in the exercise your body needs.  Here are some easy tips to keep active during the winter and stave off the winter blues:

Take a Hike
If you are willing to endure the chilly temperatures to experience the great outdoors, there are a variety of hiking trails around Long Island that range in length and difficulty.  The Bayard Cutting Arboretum off of Montauk highway in Great River has both short and long flat trails through the beautiful estate gardens, as well as along the scenic Connetquot River.  Birdwatchers could also try taking a stroll along the trails at the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center in Oyster Bay, which includes a songbird sanctuary where you could spot many of Long Island’s native songbird species.

Take an Exercise Class
Yoga, pilates, and zumba classes are more popular than ever, and many are offered in adult education programs at local libraries and school districts at prices that are lower than many gyms.  Many school districts also offer various sports intramural teams, so sign up with friends and make it your new night to get together with the gang.

Learn to Dance
Many school districts and libraries offer dance classes as part of their adult education program, so if you have ever wanted to learn how to salsa or line dance, now is the time!  More experienced dancers may want to consider seeking out dance schools in your area.  Couples may also want to consider dance classes to get exercise together, as well as to learn some new moves to use at your next party or wedding.

Bring the Gym Home
If going outside or footing the bill for the gym doesn’t suit your fancy, bring the gym to you.  Having a stationary bike, a treadmill, or a stair climber in the comfort of your own den can help you exercise more, as you don’t have to brave the cold weather and you can still catch all of your favorite TV shows.

[Source: Centers for Disease Control]