My Favorite Winter Hobby is Exercising

by on March 7th, 2015
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My favorite winter hobby is exercising. Although many people don’t think of winter as a time to be physically active, it’s actually a great time for many physical activities. In addition, exercise can burn excessive holiday calories, thus minimizing or preventing weight gain.

Americans are not physically active, according to a 2010 study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Americans take an average of 5,117 steps per day, about half of the 10,000 that are recommended. It is recommended that Americans increase their activity by 2,000 steps per day to prevent weight gain with a goal of achieving 10,000 steps per day. Most people find it easier to reach this goal if they gradually increase their activity.

You can choose from a variety of activities. Walking is an easy exercise for beginners to do. If you can’t walk outside due to deep snow or icy sidewalks, use a treadmill inside. Other indoor activities include exercise classes, exercise videos, lifting hand weights, and practicing yoga. Since I live in West Virginia, a state with cold, snowy winters, I need to do most of my activities inside during winter. Although you may choose to do some activities alone, exercising with a friend to two is quite enjoyable, and the social contact is helpful in avoiding the winter blues.

An exercise program doesn’t need to break the bank. While joining a gym is an option, look for less-expensive alternatives. Fitness facilities at local universities may be open for public use, and some local hospital offer adult fitness programs. Group classes are also an option. If you wish to purchase equipment for your personal use, look for after-Christmas sales on exercise equipment. For example, last year, I bought a recumbent bicycle from Amazon.com. I checked Yahoo Shopping to compare items, and was able to find the right equipment at a price that fit my budget.


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