No matter what the weather is like outside, you should aim to spend at least 150 minutes exercising each week. Look for indoor alternatives during winter months.
“Your risk for many diseases dramatically increases if you are sedentary,” says Erica E. Gibson, MD, family practice physician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Try to find exercise equipment that matches your needs. For example, if you like to walk in warmer weather, maybe you need a treadmill. If you enjoy cycling, buy a stationary bike. Even if you cannot afford a large piece of exercise equipment, you can buy inexpensive pedals that give you a workout while you are sitting in a chair.”
Strength training is easy to accomplish indoors. You can use household items, such as books, desks or chairs, to provide resistance. “You should also keep up with your balance and stretching in the winter,” says Gibson.
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