December 17, 2015

December 17, 2015
7 Ways To Stay Fit In Winter

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Thursday and I hope you are having a beary safe and great week so far. Dab the AIDS Bear is on the road until the end of the year speaking at events and doing our holiday parties for children living with HIV. So stay tuned for more new pictures and slide shows soon.

Exercising during winter is equally important as exercising during summer, even though weíre quite aware that itís a lot harder. During winter we tend to move less and therefore itís not a surprise that we gain some unwanted fat Ė not to mention all those Christmas cookies. But it doesnít have to be like that.

1. Go Running
You might think it sounds crazy, but believe it or not, there are plenty of enthusiasts who just love running during the winter. All you need is a good pair of winter shoes and warm clothes, and youíre ready to burn some calories. You might also want to find a jogging companion, just to make things more fun.

2. Go Ice-Skating
Youíd be amazed how much calories you can burn during one session of ice-skating with your significant other or friends. Itís not very demanding, and itís fun. You see, keeping fit during winter can also be a pleasant challenge.

3. Go To A Gym
Though going to the gym might prove extra difficult in those cold, winter days, itís still worth the effort. Pack your bag with a pair of sport sneakers, an old t-shirt and youíre ready to get your blood pumping. If youíre not a lifting-weights enthusiast, join a class, as gyms tend to offer a ton of fun exercise sessions. No excuses; just do it.

4. Exercise At Home
Why not, there are plenty of exercises you can do at home; from sit-ups and squats, to push-ups and planks. All you need is motivation, and since you donít want to go out, at least maximize your efficiency at home. Keep in mind that 30 minutes per day is more than enough.

5. Hockey
Hockey might be the winter equivalent of football. Whatís more, hockey players are some of the toughest athletes out there, so that might be your motivation to take your kids or your friends and go straight to the nearest hockey hall. If you have some experience with ice-skating, it shouldnít be hard to improve your skills enough for a decent game. Or even if you donít, trust as when we say, itís a blast!

6. Nutrition
Since your activities are reduced during the winter chill, itís more important to watch your nutrition. I'm not saying to become obsessed with BMI and calories, but just pay more attention to vegetables and fruit, and less to fast food and sweets. Not a big deal.

7. Play
Go out and play, just like when you were little. Take your dog or children to your favorite park or playground. Build a snowman, or find those old sledges. Start a snowball fight with your kids and their friends, or just dance in your living-room. Youíre not trying to become a bodybuilding champion, but in order to burn a few more calories, a couple of hours of outdoor activities will certainly do the trick.

Hope you have a beary safe and great Thursday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab