If winter arrived with below zero temperatures and five inches of snow this week it is still no excuse to skip your exercise routine… just adjust where you go to exercise during the extreme weather.
Look in the telephone book under Spa, Court Club, Gym, YMCA or YWCA but do not overlook the common areas of large covered malls, the bowling alley, the local indoor pool or the skating rink for exercise opportunities
Exercising in the sweet months of spring and fall can be as pleasurable and as simple as a brisk walk in the park. The question of where to exercise in extreme weather may not even occur to some hardy souls who extend that walk in the park into the hot summer months or the snowy winter months.
A brisk walk in the common areas of large covered malls may suffice for many people who simply walk for exercise. For other people who like a little more action, a spa or the indoor swimming pool may be the answer. Where to exercise in extreme weather is as individual as all the folks out there who have decided it is time to actually get out and do it.
For many of us the question of where to exercise in extreme weather has profound health implications. For people recovering from cardiac health events it may be life threatening to do their prescribed exercise in extremes of temperature or in windy conditions. For the people who are fragile but need to get moving a monitored exercise group with health professionals is the best bet. Call your local hospital to get a list and phone numbers of exercise classes monitored by an R.N. or cardiac therapist.
For some of us it is simply a matter of comfort. It is easier to complete an exercise routine if our ears are not frozen and falling off. If your exercise heaven is a dream of ellipticals, treadmills and weight machines then you need to look under gyms or spas in the yellow pages.
References: “Harvard Medical School” Health Publications