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How to Stay Fit in Winter?


It stinks when you make a New Year’s Resolution to get fit right in the middle of winter which is one of the hardest times to get moving. It can be tough to stick with your exercise program when winter hits. Winter can frustrate the most motivated exercisers. And if you’re not so motivated, it’s all too easy to pack your workout gear away with your summer clothes.

The key to staying motivated during the winter is first, to make it as easy as possible to do your workouts and, second, to recognize when you’re starting to get bored with your workouts and make a change before you really lose interest. The following suggestions will give you some ideas for making winter exercise more comfortable and more interesting:

Walk indoors
Walking is a good way to stay fit and healthy. However, in order to avoid cold weather of winter, you can simply replace your outdoor sessions by walking indoors. Walking indoors makes you feel safe and provides a dry, warm temperature to do it.

Climb stairs
Another good winter workout is to climb the stairs rather than using elevators. Be it your house or office building or even a shopping mall, climbing the stairs few times a day is a great work out.

Yoga
A great way to unite body, spirit and mind. Join a yoga class or take advantage of services which are offered free to the public.

Get involved in household activities
Doing household activities also counts as a winter workout for staying fit and healthy during winter. Sweep the floor, vacuum the house, or decorate the home and make it fun.

Join a Gym
Well if you can’t work out outdoors because of the low temperature, try joining a gym. It’s a great way to burn those calories indoors. The winter season months are an excellent time for weight training.

Buy home exercise equipmentHome exercise equipment, such as a treadmill or stationary bike, is perfect for indoor workouts during winter. This equipment is ideally suited to a warm, secure environment.

Do the Salsa
Ballroom dancing is all the rage and it’s not surprising that it gets you fit and makes you feel amazing. There are numerous dance classes that offer you these services. Don’t feel shy, go ahead and join one.

Adventure sports
If you are an adventure junkie, go ahead and try some adventure sports. You can try indoor water sports, rock climbing, trekking etc. When it’s cold outdoors, there’s no need to hit the couch. With a little knowledge and fortitude, you can meet the challenges and reap the rewards of winter exercise. Don’t be afraid to break out of the old routine and try something different, even if it’s not of the same intensity as your usual workouts, doing something new can keep you motivated.





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Six Ways to Bring Out the Athlete in Every Kid


by Sara Reistad-Long

Everywhere you look, there’s information about the importance of getting your kids to exercise. According to Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, as little as 60 active minutes throughout the day can have a huge impact on a child’s obesity risk. Because sports can feel like play, not exercise, finding one your little one likes is a great starting point.

But what if your child just doesn’t want to try one? We asked top-ranked sport psychologist Dr. Robert Weinberg of Miami University-Ohio (and the author of nine books in the field) for his must-have list of easy and effective ideas for how to get children on their feet -- and having fun.

1. Give them choices
Research is clear that if children participate in a physical activity or sport just because their parents want them to, then the result will usually be short-term involvement in exercise. This in mind, think about what’s unique about your child. Does he tend to like working or playing in groups or alone? Does she need structure or a lot of autonomy? In addition, what kinds of athletes (or even celebrities) does he admire? Use these things (not your ideas of skills she should be learning) to put together a working list of ideas to go over with your child. The opportunity to give input, help with the process and even learn about the role models associated with each sport can turn getting off the couch into something to get excited about.

2. Involve their friends
Peer influence and acceptance is extremely important for adolescents. Talk to parents of your child’s close friends to find out what their kids are up to. Or, if you’re all in the same boat, come up with an activity the kids can all do together.

3. Play to their strengths
When narrowing your list of options, think about where your child’s talents lie. If he doesn’t have great hand-eye coordination, don’t make something that requires it the first sport you try. Research has shown that if a child starts to feel success or competence in an activity, it increases the chances she will like it and continue.

4. Don’t shun their love of video games
If you have a TV or video game lover on your hands, use it to your advantage. A number of studies have shown that kids burn a lot of calories playing Wii games – generally equivalent to energetic, moderate-intensity walking

5. It’s (sometimes) okay to give them rewards
It’s true that rewards can enhance motivation. But the key is to try to use the reward not just for time logged but also to reflect some level of competence or achievement. Healthy rewards should have meaning to the child, and be used mostly early on. Ideally, they’re there to kick-start the discovery the natural “reward” of getting better and better at something.

6. Giving them a little push can help a lot
If you’ve tried all of the above and getting going still feels tough, it’s all right to be a little pushy. Interviews with young athletes reveal that in some cases, their parents’ pushing them was what they needed to get involved in a sport or some type of physical activity. They said they didn’t realize it at the time, but in looking back, they were glad their parents urged them into the activity when they were younger.

Ready to burn some calories as a family? These fun outdoor games are guaranteed to bring out the kid in you.





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