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Exercising in winter

Updated on May 2, 2014

Getting fit

Exercising in winter

It is difficult for some people to exercise in the winter months. Obviously the best way to exercise in the winter is simply live in a warm climate. Unfortunately I don't, as well as many other people.

Here are my suggestions. Join a gym or the local Y. The problem I have with that is, in my opinion, it's a pain in the neck go out in the cold to get to the gym and then you have to go out again to get home. However, this may motivate some people. You also may find an exercise partner at the gym that will help keep you motivated.

One way to exercise at home is to find an exercise program on TV. You can exercise with it or tape it an exercise later. You could also go out an buy an exercise video. There are several good ones out there but I have been impressed with the Leslie Sansoon "Walk away the pounds" series. She has developed steps that are very easy to do. She also has various intensity levels.

In my opinion, the best way to exercise is at home on an exercise machine. A treadmill, bicycle or elliptical are good. I prefer a treadmill. I walk 2 miles every morning on the treadmill at 4 miles per hour. I also walk 2 miles most evenings.

It is important to get into a routine and stick with it. It is a good idea to exercise for 30 minutes a day. If you are walking on a treadmill at 3 miles per hour, you will go 1 1/2 miles. That is not tough. You may not be able to make it 30 minutes at first but you should start somewhere. You can then gradually work up and who knows, maybe you will start jogging. The most important thing is that you begin exercising and stick with it.


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