After the first frost, suddenly the thought of relaxing indoors by the fireplace sounds a lot more enticing. Cold temperatures can be a good excuse to avoid exercising outdoors and it's easy to chalk up a missed trip to the gym to the poor weather conditions. However, maintaining your physical activity or exercise routine is critical to your overall health no matter what time of year it is.
According to the American Osteopathic Association, those who continue to stay active and exercise can reduce their risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Therefore, the importance of regular physical activity and the benefits that it has are too valuable to be stopped just because the winter weather isn't as encouraging as the more mild days of spring. With these four ways to stay active in the winter, there's no excuse for missing a healthy day of physical activity.