Finding the motivation to stay active during the winter months

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As snow continues to fall this upcoming winter, it can be hard to find the motivation to go to the gym. However, there are still plenty of ways to stay active.

Marie Schaefer, MD, a sports medicine specialist for Cleveland Clinic, says walking and hiking outdoors can offer a lot of health benefits.

For example, cold weather can help you burn more calories.

Take advantage of winter sports like skiing, snowboarding and ice skating.

If you are planning to exercise outdoors, be sure to dress appropriately.

“Even though it might be snowing, it could also be very sunny outside and there’s a big sun glare coming off of the white snow. So you can actually get sunburn and windburn in the winter doing activities outside,” said Schaefer. “So, not only do you need to worry about frostbite, but also that as well.”

If exercising outdoors isn’t appealing, you could also work out at home instead. There are programs available online, many are free.