Plan Your Cold-Weather Exercise Routine

It may be the perfect weather for exercising outdoors now, but the pleasant fall weather will soon be coming to an end. That’s no excuse for sitting inside all winter! Just a few days without exercise can impact your diabetes control. Imagine what a few months could do! Now is the time to set up your cold-weather exercise plan. Before it gets too cold.

There are many options for fall and winter exercise. It’s a great time to enjoy some activities that you don’t get to do at other times of the year (and they may not even feel like exercise):

  • Hiking
  • Raking leaves
  • Taking a trip to the pumpkin patch
  • Going apple-picking
  • Ice skating, skiing or snowboarding
  • Sledding

If you choose to exercise outdoors, make sure you dress for the weather and take all other normal safety precautions.

  • Dress in layers of breathable fabrics, like cotton, wool and fleece. If you get too hot, you can always remove a layer.
  • Wear a hat, scarf and mittens to help your body retain heat.
  • If the temperature is below 20 degrees with a wind chill of less than 10 degrees, take your exercise indoors!
  • Pay attention for signs of low blood sugar. It’s always a good idea to test more frequently when starting something new.

If you’d rather get out of the cold, there are also plenty of options for indoor activities:

  • Fitness classes: check your gym, community center or St. Anthony’s calendar of classes.
  • Gym or fitness center: a great option for a variety of equipment.
  • Mall walking: some malls have groups that meet and walk together.
  • Church fitness facilities: some churches allow use of their walking track or gym for free, even if you aren’t a member.

Here are some fun ways to exercise at home by watching your favorite television shows (from dLife.com). This routine includes tips like, “Start walking in place every time you hear a medical term,” when watching your favorite medical drama. Sounds more like a game! This is a great way to get the family exercising together…and perhaps laughing too.

If you decided on joining (or re-committing) to the gym this winter, you may know that sometimes you find yourself debating on whether or not to get in the car and go. Read these 10 “Excuse-Busting Exercise Truths” from SparkPeople to get motivated. Pick your favorite quote and recite it to yourself when you’re trying to decide whether you’re going (or going to let yourself out of going) to the gym.

Having an exercise routine is an important part of diabetes care and overall health. Flexibility is key! When the seasons change or you get bored with your exercise routine, don’t stop exercising, just change it up a bit. It keeps things interesting and keeps you healthy!

Search “get pumped” in the right sidebar for more exercise tips and ideas.

What’s your fall exercise plan?

Related articles:
Staying Active During the Winter Months 
Get Pumped: Safety First

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