Winter is not the most favorable season of the year. After all, there’s a reason why birds migrate south for the winter and many elderly people flock to warmer places in Florida. People count down the days until spring. On groundhog’s day we all hope and pray that the groundhog DOES NOT see its shadow! It’s very rare to hear of someone counting down until the first day of winter. Since it’s dark early during the winter people become lethargic. Staying active is put on the bottom of people’s priority list. People start gaining weight and by the time warmer weather comes around many people come out of the winter blues with a few extra pounds put on.

While you’re young those few extra pounds you put on during the winter may not seem like much. After decades of putting on the winter pounds, and not remaining active, you’ll begin to feel the aches and pains. The extra pounds and stress on your joints may put you on the fast track to arthritis and other joint-related problems.

Instead of arthritis, joint pain and increased odds for orthopedic surgery, here’s a few ways to stay active until the warmer spring days return.

1) Go Ice-Skating

Ice-skating is a great way to burn some winter calories and remain active. If you live in the York, Pennsylvania area you can visit the York Area Ice Arena. During the week it’s only $5 to skate and you never know, you may even have fun. Ice-skating is half the cost of a movie ticket and instead of putting on the calories, you’ll actually burn some calories.

2) Work Out At Home

Many people want to start going to the gym but their too afraid. Some people are intimidated by huge body-builders who can bench press 350 pounds. Not to mention, how embarrassing would it be to work out on a machine just to find out you’re using the machine all wrong?

Start by working out in your living room. Stream a workout video to your TV or purchase a workout DVD to help get you started in the right direction. You don’t have to go out in the cold to your nearest gym and you wont have to workout next to Arnold Schwarzenegger.

3) Dance to Stay Active During the Winter

Some guys may say that they’re too manly to dance with their significant other. If that’s the case for you then start looking at dancing as a workout. Dancing can be a great way to burn some calories. If you look at any professional dancer they’re some of the most fit and healthy people.

If you’re bored this Friday night check out The Hop on Rt. 30. This is a great local place to burn off some calories, get your joints moving and remain active during the winter.

4) Walk in the Mall to Stay Active

Mall walking has become an increasingly popular way for many elderly people to stay active during the winter months. It’s way too cold to walk around your neighborhood so walking in the mall is a great option. Not to mention going to the mall gets you out of the house.

If you’ve never been to the York Galleria Mall it’s a great place to walk and you may even burn up to 300 calories per hour!

5) Climb the Stairs to Stay Active This Winter

This activity will probably be your least favorite way to stay active this winter. Climbing the stairs is a great way to stay active and to burn a ton of calories. You can climb any stairs in your house without having to go outside. Also you don’t have travel in the cold to go to the gym to use their stair machine.

If you are climbing a set of stairs, walking back down the stairs and repeating you can burn up to 600 calories per hour. If you walk up and down steps for an hour a day you can burn off a pound of fat per week!

Stem Cell Professionals

If you’re the kind of person to be cooped up during the winter months, take our advice and do your best to stay active. When you put on pounds from hibernating during the winter you put unnecessary stress on your joints. The stress wears away the cartilage in your joints. Once this cartilage wears away you have a few options…deal with arthritis pain, invasive surgery, or stem cell therapy.

The Stem Cell Professionals in York, PA have a non-invasive approach to treat your arthritis. If you are interested in learning more about treating your arthritis, AND avoiding surgery, call us today at 717-881-2343.