5 Tips for Staying Active This WinterNovember 3, 2018
As the weather gets colder and the holidays approach, you may feel like giving up your exercise routine or taking a break from being active.
The temperatures in Little Rock may not be as cold as other parts of the country, but they’re certainly not as comfortable as you like.
It’s understandable, but it’s vital to keep active even during the winter. If you don’t, you could face problems with back pain, soreness, aches, and even be at a higher risk for depression.
So don’t use winter to slack off – instead, stay active with these five tips!
Take a Hike!
Even when the weather is cooler, you can bundle up and enjoy a great hike. Pinnacle Mountain State Park is a great place to look for wintering bald eagles and other wildlife.
Being in cooler weather as you’re hiking can actually be really pleasant – you won’t feel like you’re melting like you so often do once you get moving in the summer! You may not need more than a hat and a jacket.
Strap on Some Skates
Little Rock may not be a place you can ice skate on a lake like a Norman Rockwell painting, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give skating a try! Head over to the Arkansas Skatium for the same experience indoors.
If ice skating isn’t your favorite, no problem – the Skatium also has a roller skating rink as well. Just be sure to go at a pace that’s appropriate to your skill. We’d hate for you to have back pain from a fall!
Check Out a Museum
If you’re looking for some fun winter activity at a slower pace, consider walking through a museum. You can even take children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or friends’ kids if you want to!
The Museum of Discovery is an excellent choice, as is the Mid-America Science Museum. If you prefer art, be sure to get to the Arkansas Art Center.
No matter what you choose, you can walk as slowly or quickly as you like, take in the sights, and enjoy a day out of the house. It’s a great way to stay active!
Spend Time at a Rec Center
Local recreation centers abound throughout Little Rock, and there’s no better way to get some great exercise and movement in no matter what the weather is like. Find a place with an indoor track if you’d like to walk or run.
You might also enjoy swimming – yes, even in winter! An indoor pool makes it simple to get this low-impact exercise, which is perfect for those with back pain or other health issues.
Explore Nature – Inside!
Finally, if you love seeing nature at its best but don’t want to brave the colder weather, consider the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center. It’s completely free, and you can see a variety of exhibits that show wildlife in all areas of Arkansas.
This is a great place to go alone or with children – don’t miss the special events and workshops they frequently host!
Prevent Back Pain With Regular Movement
Colder weather can make it hard to want to get outside much, but that doesn’t have to mean you don’t get active during the winter. It’s important to keep your whole body moving throughout the year if you want to avoid back pain.
If you’re struggling with back pain right now, it may seem impossible to even think about these activities. We’d love to help. Contact us for an appointment today!
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