The holiday season is here, and while you are warm and cozy with a hot chocolate by the fireplace, you might also be thinking about heading back to the gym and getting into shape for the new year. Maintaining a fitness routine during the Winter season can be challenging, especially when the snow hits and all you want to do is hide under the covers. Here are some dos and don’ts for physical activity during the Winter, guaranteed to get you out of those cold weather blues and into shape!

DO remember to take your vitamins

During the cold winter months, several parts of the world are more susceptible to cloudier weather, freezing rain and Frosty the snowman knocking on their door. Fewer sunny days means less Vitamin D, since the sun’s UV rays are weaker. Lack of vitamin D can weaken your immune system, increasing your chance of getting a cold or infection.


Start your day off right with a Vitamin D supplement or a multivitamin like Gericare One-a-Day Multivitamins that contain each vitamin you need to stay healthy throughout the season. Vitamins will also allow you to have the energy to get your winter workouts in.

DO stay hydrated

When doing physical activity in the winter--shoveling heavy snow, skiing, or even mountain climbing--it is important to stay hydrated. Over exertion can cause your body to perspire more and lead to dehydration. Having water or a sports drink with electrolytes is perfect to keep your body fueled and ready to take on the next challenge.

DO stay warm when doing physical activity outside

When you venture outside into those plummeting temperatures, you need to keep your body warm and your skin protected. Exposing your skin to temperatures below 30 degrees can lead to frostbite or hypothermia, sometimes within just 30 minutes. Symptoms of hypothermia include lack of coordination, shivering, and slow reactions to name a few. Staying warm also helps your muscles. If you experience any muscle or joint pain during the winter and especially after winter physical activity taking something like Gericare Extra Strength Pain Relief Tablets can help to alleviate pain.

DON’T overindulge

It is easy during the holiday season, between dinners and social gatherings, to load up your plate with sugary, fatty treats or to drink too much alcohol. Unfortunately, this can lead to unwanted weight gain, which can be difficult to shed. Stick to healthier yet tasty snacks during the holiday season, like apples with peanut butter for some protein or hummus and pita chips.


Weighing yourself routinely can also help in ensuring you are maintaining a healthy weight and also assist in evaluating your food and lifestyle choices. Fabrication’s Baseline BMI Scale is designed for adults and children and measures weight, water percentage and body weight percentage.

DON’T become a couch potato

It’s easier said than done, but the cold weather that comes with the winter season gives many an excuse to not head out to the gym but instead stay on the couch with their favorite TV show. It is important to get in at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day to maintain overall health. If you continue working out during the winter season, your body might thank you later when you are in great shape for the spring and summer.


DON’T forget to keep your skin moisturized

During the winter season, whether you are doing physical activity or not, the cold and blustery winds can be a disaster for your skin leading to chapped areas and increased dryness. Keeping your skin moisturized will help protect its barrier from getting affected. Derma-Rite DermaDaily Moisturizing Lotion is an essential to any skin routine containing aloe vera to keep your skin hydrated.



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