Winter is a time where you can cozy up at home, throw on your warm, comfy clothes, and bundle up under your blankets to indulge in some proper hibernation. But between all of that lounging and hibernating, how do you stay active? Getting outside for a run or walk during those cold months can be a challenge, even for the most dedicated athletes. The risk of injury is also higher in icy weather. Still, it’s important to maintain your active lifestyle and keep those muscles limber and strong.
So before you go into hibernation and lose all of that muscle you worked so hard to gain during the summer, here are some tips on how to keep your body strong and pain free during the winter.
Everything comes down to strengthening muscles that allow your feet to balance and keep you moving forward, pain free. Begin by strengthening muscles in your legs. Calf raises are easy and very effective. Hold on to a wall or chair if need be. Stand straight and begin by lifting the heels of your feet off of the ground and shifting the weight to your toes. As you raise your heels, hold them up for 5 seconds and then lower and repeat for about 8-10 repetitions.
Standing Side Leg Lifts
We can’t neglect those outer thighs. So get those muscles going by standing straight, once again, using a wall or chair to balance if required. Then lift one leg out to the side and repeat. Do as many as you can and then switch on to the other leg.
To build strength and balance in your feet, we must also focus on strengthening the core muscles of your body. You can perform a wall plank by placing your forearms against the wall and standing back slightly so that you can balance on them. Avoid arching your back. The longer you can hold this, the better. But try to start off with at least 30 seconds.
If you’re ready to get on the floor, the floor plank is a great exercise that can really benefit your entire body. Similar to the wall plank, place your forearms on the floors and lift your body so it is balancing on them and your toes. Your body should be parallel to the floor with your core muscles engaged and your back straight. Hold for as long as possible, or 20 seconds to start off.
Don’t let the wintertime get in the way of staying active. Keep those muscles good and strong by incorporating some of these simple exercises that you can easily do right from the comfort of your home.
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