It’s no secret that exercise is good for us. It helps reduce stress, improves our mood, and helps us sleep better. But when it comes to the winter months, clients may see their exercising regimen fall to the wayside as they opt to stay indoors where it’s warm and comfy.
Here are several winter workout and fitness tips to offer clients so they can remain active in the winter:
No one likes wet feet. When working out in the winter months it is essential that clients know to waterproof their shoes to prevent snow from seeping through. Wet feet are not only uncomfortable, but can be dangerous in the cold.
When your feet get wet, your skin can get waterlogged and easily tear or form blisters. If a client is diabetic, what can seem like a minor injury could turn into something more serious.
If shoes get wet, put them next to a radiator (but not too close) or invest in a shoe dryer to thoroughly dry them out in-between uses.
Once it gets cold, clients don’t have to go whole hog and begin a full winter workout. Because of the vastly different environment, clients may have a hard time adapting to the cold and time change.
With that in mind, advise clients to take it slow and if they’re on a tight schedule, set small goals throughout the week to meet instead of trying to get in one huge workout.
Clients may be hesitant to get their daily run in in the snow, but unless conditions are dangerous or they don’t have the right gear, snow is an excellent way to help build endurance and burn some extra calories.
Just remember to advise clients to run slower than usual to prevent sore muscles and avoid hills and hard packed snow to prevent falling. For safety, they should always run with a partner or let someone know where they’re going.
A home gym doesn’t have to be fancy to be effective. If clients cannot find the time to make it to the gym, functional equipment and techniques like weights, bands, and their own bodyweight can be used in the comfort of their own home.
Winter weather can be unpredictable. Advise clients that if they plan on working out outside in the winter to check and double check the weather. If it becomes too cold or they’re not sure about the weather, sit it out.
To tell if it is too cold to go outside to work out, clients should check the wind chill temperature. This temperature is the temperature “that it really feels like” outside and is often located next to the actual temperature. If the wind chill is 30 or below, stay indoors.
If possible, offer winter discounts for fitness classes at your gym to encourage clients to keep up their physical activity during the winter. Staying physically fit is important for everyone, including senior citizens who need exercise to offset the degenerative side effects of aging.
Discounted or special winter fitness classes will help clients get in a workout and socialize with others during the dark winter months.
With the cold and the holidays, it is tempting to fill up on heavy, rich foods. While there is nothing wrong with that it should be done in moderation—especially if clients aren’t working out as much as they did in the warmer months.
If a client feels guilty about falling off the bandwagon, let them know that they shouldn’t be too hard on themselves. They should be able to enjoy the holiday foods they love in moderation as cheat meals.