Chiropractic Treatments MN | Health & Wellness

During the summer, when the sun is shining and a warm breeze calls you outdoors, it’s easy to keep up with your walking or running schedule. But as soon as the weather gets chilly, it seems many people have a hard time fitting in enough exercise.  You may find yourself hibernating indoors and doing all you can to avoid going out in the blustery weather.  But during the winter it may lead to a largely sedentary lifestyle.  Not good!

The New Year is the perfect time to commit to a healthier lifestyle and make health and wellness a priority for a healthier you in 2013! To help boost your chances for success, we’re here to support you at every stage of your wellness journey.

Don’t let the colder weather keep you cooped up all winter long!

Does the winter season make you want to put away your workout clothes and just hibernate until spring comes?

Resist giving in to that temptation, as staying active even when it’s cold out can help you avoid holiday weight gain and coming down with colds and the flu, plus give you countless other health benefits.

Best of all, there are many activities that become available only during this time of year, which means if you want to take part in these fun and fabulous work out options, you may want to give them a try now.

Here are a few winter sports worth trying out this year. Each offers unique benefits to your muscles and cardiovascular system, along with promoting balance, flexibility, agility and positive mental well-being.

  • Cross-Country Skiing
    • Cross-country skiing is one of the best full-body workouts there is. It works out all of your major muscle groups, including those incredibly important core muscles (located in your abs, lower back and pelvis), while also challenging your cardiovascular system. An hour of cross-country skiing can burn upwards of 500-600 calories, depending on intensity, and it even helps promote better balance.
  • Downhill Skiing
    • Even though a typical ski run takes just a few minutes, you’ll be using key muscles very intensely during this time (hamstrings, quadriceps, calves, hips and feet). As you speed down the mountain, your body will be improving its balance, agility and flexibility, while boosting its core and leg strength. And don’t let the quick bursts of energy required fool you; downhill skiing is still a good cardiovascular workout that will get your heart rate up both while on your run and beforehand when you’re carrying around your equipment.
  • Snowboarding
    • Thrill seekers who enjoy the speed and adrenaline rush of downhill skiing may naturally gravitate to snowboarding, which requires your legs muscles and core muscles to help you steer and balance as you glide down a mountain. Flexibility and agility are key skills needed to be an effective snowboarder, and you can expect yours to improve significantly if you snowboard regularly. This exciting winter sport will burn more than 450 calories an hour, and many stay at it for hours on end (be careful to avoid becoming over-fatigued, as this is when injuries are more likely to occur).
  • Ice Skating
    • Most people think of ice skating as a pleasurable winter treat, not a form of “exercise,” per say. Actually, it’s both. Ice skating offers a great cardiovascular workout, especially if you alternate between coasting and speed skating, while also building your leg muscles, abs and lower back. If you ice skate on a regular basis, your endurance will improve, as will your flexibility, balance and agility. Plus, sliding across an ice skating rink, whether indoors or out, is a wonderful mood lifter that can help your stress and worries melt away.
  • Ice Hockey
    • If you enjoy group activities, ice hockey is a sport built on camaraderie as much as it is on physical ability. Offering many of the same physical benefits of ice skating (building both lower body and abdominal muscles, as well as working out your cardiovascular system), ice hockey also requires use of your upper body to move the hockey stick. It can be an incredibly intense interval workout as well, as you’ll typically only be out on the ice for 1.5 minutes at a time, during which your heart rate is likely to soar, followed by a resting recovery period.

Winter doesn’t need to be a thorn in your side. The winter is easier and much, much more fun when you’re doing so in good health, and this can take some extra effort on your part. Fortunately, staying healthy all winter long is well within your reach.

Just Get Up & Move!

It really doesn’t matter what kind of activity or sport you choose… All that matters is that you don’t just sit there … get up and move!  Just find a way to make exercise a part of your day! Most important — have fun while doing it!  Try new things keeps it interesting!

Even 15 minutes of snow shoveling counts as moderate physical activity, according to the Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health (1996). We all should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity of some kind on most days of the week.

A 170-pound person shoveling for 30 minutes will burn about 250 calories. Brisk walking or social dancing are other ways to fit in moderate physical activity during cold winter months.

It’s usually safe to exercise when it’s cold outside as long as you make sure to take certain precautions, such as dressing in layers and staying hydrated, and pay attention to signs and symptoms of specific cold-weather dangers such as frostbite and hypothermia.

Be Physically Active Your Way!

Pick activities that you like and start by doing what you can, at least 10 minutes at a time. Every bit adds up, and the health benefits increase as you spend more time being active.

Chiropractic care is an excellent addition to any wellness program. Using spinal and extremity adjustments, physical therapy, massage therapy, exercise programs and dietary and nutritional counseling, you will feel better, you will have more energy and you will increase your quality of life by optimizing the health of your body. You will also reduce your risk of a sport or personal injury.

Chiropractors take a very different approach than that taken by medical doctors. We try to persuade people that preventing disease from happening is remarkably more beneficial than treating it after it occurs.   As a St Paul MN Chiropractor,we provide an integrated approach to your health needs. We are dedicated to helping you to live a life in optimal health and completely free of pain and disease so you will be able to engage in more of the activities you love.

Eating right, exercising and having more fun in life are only a few of the many ways in which you can ensure that you remain healthy and active all winter long.

Have A Safe Winter!  We hope this will help you weather the winter in good health and good spirits!