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The cold weather is settling in, but that doesn’t mean the winter blues have to. The pandemic has changed a lot of things, but not the importance of exercise. Exercise has become even more critical because obesity is one of the leading risk factors for more severe COVID-19 symptoms. Staying active during a pandemic isn’t just possible; it’s necessary.

Why Staying Active is Important

Before you can start figuring out how to stay more active during a pandemic winter, it’s essential to know why you should be active in the first place. Obesity is one of the underlying health conditions that put you more at risk of developing severe and even life-threatening problems if you contract COVID-19. Exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet will put you in a better position if you get sick.

Exercises to Do During the Winter

Unless you’re lucky enough to live in a warm climate, you’ll likely need to modify your exercise routine during the winter months. While you can still get outside as often as the weather will allow you by doing things like snowshoeing, skiing, and sledding, much of your physical activity will need to be done indoors.

There are many ways to exercise during the winter, including:

  • Joining a gym, if they’re open in your area
  • Taking an online fitness class
  • Doing more physical activities around the house like cleaning closets, organizing the basement, and mopping floors
  • Performing couch exercises while you binge-watch your favorite shows
  • Getting the whole family involved by playing games like indoor tag, building forts, or having an impromptu dance party

The Impact on Mental Health

Staying active benefits more than just your physical health. It can also positively impact your mental health- something that has taken a big hit for many of us with the pandemic.

Exercise releases endorphins, which can help alleviate physical pain as well as boost your mood. The more you exercise, the happier and healthier you will feel even when you’re stuck inside. Don’t let the cold weather keep you from staying fit during this pandemic winter.