If you’re new to exercise or it’s been a while, be sure to consult with your doctor first before trying something new. According to the CDC, physical activity guidelines for adults’ state that we should strive for at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity spread throughout the week. To keep it simple you could plan for two, 15-minute walks per day 5 days per week. When adults do the equivalent of at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week, the benefits are substantial. These benefits include lower risk of all-cause mortality, coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, anxiety, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Physically active adults also sleep better, have improved cognition, and have better quality of life. So, let’s look at ways to stay active during winter.

When weather permits, take time to enjoy the outdoors by strolling on campus, at a park, or nearby neighborhood that is safe and well-lit. Monitor the weather and plan to be sure that you are dressed appropriately using layers when needed, a hat and gloves, and warm socks to combat the wind and cold. Fresh air allows us to escape from indoor germs, absorb Vitamin D from the sun, and improve our mood.

If spending time outdoors isn’t for you, consider these ideas to get a little more activity in your day

Take the stairs, have a dance party in your kitchen, try a fitness app, get up and move during each time an ad or commercial comes on, join a sports league, or challenge some friends through Virgin Pulse to a steps challenge. There are many ways we can all get a little more play in our day; we just must look for these opportunities.

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