It’s February.    How are those New Year’s fitness resolutions going? If you are like most people, the motivation is starting to wane, especially when the weather is so cold.  Before you know it, that enthusiasm and excitement you had back in January is becoming as cold as the brisk winter air – or worse – it’s completely frozen!    Take heart, because according to the American Heart Association (AHA), there are actually some benefits to being active during the colder months, so THERE is some added motivation!   What are some of the benefits according to AHA?

There are some things you will want to be aware of when you get outdoors in the cooler weather.  The United States Office of Veterans Affairs offers these great tips for cold weather safety:

Dress in Layers

Don’t lose your head

Drink up – you can become dehydrated in the cold

Don’t overdo it

There are going to be days when there is just NOTHING that will motivate you to get outside during the cold weather.  There are ways to stay active indoors as well.

Whatever you do, just keep moving.   Don’t let the cold weather stop the great progress you could be making by sticking with your fitness goals.  Spring is RIGHT around the corner and you’ll be glad that you stuck with it!  Check out the American Heart Association’s Cold Weather Fitness Guide” that offers specific recommendations on activity levels as well as other facts and figures about fitness AND some great winter-friendly recipes.    Keep on moving – your body will thank you for it!

American Heart Association,  Accessed February 12, 2017.
United States Office of Veterans Affairs,  Accessed February 12, 2017.
Livestrong,  Accessed February 12, 2017.
My Fitness Pal,  Accessed February 12, 2017.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital,  Accessed February 12, 2017.