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Keep Your Fitness Goals on Track Regardless of the Temperature Outside

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10 Home Exercises for Winter

By Julien Her, quality care coordinator at Network Health
Originally published on 12/16/2021 at 9:00 a.m.

As winter approaches and the amount of daylight decreases, it’s important to stay physically active. Per the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), physical activity helps you feel better and function better by improving sleep and decreases anxiety and the risk of depression.

Staying physically active also reduces blood pressure, improves balance and coordination, and reduces your risk of falling.

Beyond feeling better every day, however, physical activity can also lower cancer risk such as bladder, breast, colon and lung cancers as well as reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes.

So if you’re looking for ways to stay active while indoors during the cold winter months, don’t have a gym membership or are just trying to stay fit without going out in the middle of a pandemic, we’ve got you covered. All you need is yourself, comfortable clothes, and items around your home.

Check out these 10 exercise ideas that also show how to perform the exercises correctly.

  1. Lunges – YouTube video by Howcast
  2. Pushups – YouTube video by Athlean
  3. Squats – YouTube Video by Dr. Gretchen Hawley
  4. Standing overhead dumbbell presses – YouTube video by LiveStrong
  5. Dumbbell rows – YouTube video by Bowflex
  6. Single leg deadlifts – YouTube video by the Fit Mother Project
  7. Burpees – YouTube video by Well + Good
  8. Side planks – YouTube video by Dr. Byron Mackay
  9. Planks – YouTube video by Love Sweat Fitness
  10. Glute bridge – YouTube video by Airrosti Rehab Centers

If you don’t have dumbbells, feel free to replace them with home goods such as canned goods, a book or a gallon of water.

If you’re interested in learning more, we published another article last year detailing some great home-based exercises. You can read it by clicking here.

For more information on how your Wisconsin health plan can help you feel your best all year round, contact us today.

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