The holiday season is upon us and for many of us, this is a tough time to stay fit. With all of those tasty holiday treats, winter weather, and, of course, the shorter days it isn’t hard to understand why winter is the hardest time of the year to stay fit. Have no fear, this year doesn’t have to be that way. With a few little changes in your daily routine and diet, you too can stay fit all winter long. Here’s how.
Commit to an exercise routine
Sure we are all busy, but you should always find time to stay healthy. While there are several things that contribute to your overall health, perhaps few things are as important as committing to daily exercise.At a minimum, you need to commit to 30-60 minutes per day of vigorous exercise. Can you get up an hour earlier? Exercise during your lunch break? Exchange an hour of television for an hour of exercise (or do both at the same time)? Take a walk after dinner each night? The important thing is to turn your exercise into a habit. Find a routine. Make it fun, and of course, pick an activity you enjoy. We’ll have a few you might like to try below.
Need some help discovering the perfect exercise for your lifestyle? There are a lot of great gyms, recreation centers, and online resources. However, to help get you in the mood and moving fast here are five of our favorite ways to shred some winter weight all while having fun doing it.
Try some yoga
For well over a thousand years people have been enjoying the health benefits of Yoga. Yoga is shown to lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and improve your flexibility and strength. There are a lot of great ways to learn Yoga. YouTube has many videos for all levels. Many recreation centers offer inexpensive classes. It may look intimidating at first, but you’ll love the health benefits.
Lift some weights
Whether it is for strength, weight loss, lean muscle gain, or just overall fitness, strength training provides remarkable results for those willing or wanting to hit the weights. The key to weight training is consistent training. Train three times per week for 12 weeks can provide such benefits as increased muscle mass. A fitter body is less likely to be injured. Like any exercise, it is worth investing in some expert advice when getting started. Using too much weight too soon can cause injury so always start lower than your expected ability and work your way up to that first heavy workout.
Ocean Isle Beach is a water lover’s paradise. One of the best ways to explore the water while burning loads of calories is to enjoy the exciting sport of kayaking. Kayaking is a great upper body workout and almost anyone can learn to kayak with a few short lessons. We have several places that offer Kayak rentals, adventures, and lessons right here on Ocean Isle Beach.
Looking for the perfect place where you can do all of these activities regardless of the time of year? If you are, then look no further than beautiful Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Need help planning your next beach vacation? Give us a call today or click the button below and soon you’ll be enjoying the best of the North Carolina coast.