Winter can bring beauty, just like any season. Snow and ice can form gorgeous landscapes just as much as changing leaves, vibrant flowers, or fields of rustling grasses. Not everyone can appreciate the beauty of winter, though, because it tends to be cold, dark, and, for some, lonely.
Still, there are ways to fight or embrace the cold as part of the seasonal fun. One such beneficial activity is walking. While walking in the winter may not seem very fun, it can have a lot of health benefits, as well as allowing for the chance to enjoy a season often neglected or slighted for its beauty and boons to health.
Tips from One of the Best Orthopedic Doctors in Raleigh: Walking in Cold Weather
Less Strain on Body
Exercise in the winter can often be less exhausting than in warmer weather. This means less strain on the body and a chance to walk with less risk of overdoing it, though such concerns are still present.
With less strain from the weather, the benefits of walking in the winter are enhanced. Cardiovascular exercise, in general, is known for helping regulate blood sugar levels, improve mobility, and lower blood pressure. All these benefits continue with winter walks.
With the colder weather, though, come different concerns when exercising. The numbing air and low temperatures are stimulating, but hypothermia can be a risk if one is not adequately prepared, so dress warmly. There are also chances for increased heart issues with the elderly. Consult with your primary care doctor for a pre-season consultation to ensure the risks of winter walks are minimized.
Control Winter Weight
As tempting as staying inside during the winter with all those delicious baked goods and warm drinks can be, it quickly adds up to a lot of calories. Lack of mobility can also cause lethargy and fatigue. A regular walking routine will help prevent both.
Besides fighting off the weariness of the cold, winter walks will help improve mobility and weight loss, just as walking does in warmer weather. There is also the chance to enjoy a season in a new and unexplored way, as parks and towns can look very different when blanketed with snow and ice. Don’t risk further health issues by spending winter inside. Instead, embrace the benefits and chilled beauty of the cold so that when warmer climes arrive, mobility and weight gain are not a concern.
Carolina Regional Orthopaedics, P.A.
Consult with your doctor before starting any exercise routine. If you are experiencing any joint pain, consult with Carolina Regional Orthopaedics, P.A. Approaching exercise with a clear, safe plan is ideal. Contact us today at 252-443-0400 and let us help you with your plan.