Cold weather can make it really challenging to fit in your daily exercise. But well all appreciate the importance of physical activity for cancer survivors and those with a diagnosis or for diabetes, so here are a few tips to help you stick to your regime all winter-long

  1. Go slow. Ease into it. Just go slow and give your body a chance to warm up and adjust to the new physical challenges that you’re placing on it. The key is to progress your exercises slowly and at your own pace. You may not be used to experiencing limitations caused by your condition or treatment, so just try and be patient and gentle with yourself at all times.
  2. Exercise safely. The colder months can result in wet or slippery terrain, and poor visibility for drivers. For this reason, try and avoid walking where there’s heavy traffic or where the ground may be dangerous underfoot. Dedicated walking paths, bike paths, ovals, athletic tracks, or even large shopping malls, can make for ideal places where you can walk or run with minimum risk of injury.
  3. Stay hydrated. It’s easy to think you don’t need to drink water during the cooler months, but this isn’t necessarily true. The dry air in winter can be very dehydrating, so be sure to always carry a water bottle and use it when you exercise, just like you do in summer.
  4. Opt for activewear. There’s a reason why activewear was invented. Cotton clothes will not keep sweat away from your skin (and yes, you will sweat even during winter), so to ensure optimum comfort, try and wear clothes that are specifically designed for exercise.
  5. Dress in layers. The key to exercising comfortably in winter is to layer your clothing. You will warm up once you get moving, so by starting out with three layers on, you will always be able to adjust your attire so as not to feel too hot or cold throughout your sessions. It’s also a good idea to include gloves, a hat and/or scarf if your hands, head or ears get really cold while you’re exercising outdoors.

Of course, if it’s just way too cold for you to get out there and at ‘em, then seek out activities you can do indoors for the season. You could join a gym, start a shopping mall-walking club, take out a membership with your local indoor pool, or try your hand at gentle, non-competitive, indoor sports. If you have your own treadmill or static bicycle, those colder days will be ideal days to use them. Remember also, the internet offers an abundance of videos you can do in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

Join on of ETAs program that will allow you to exercise from the comfort of your own home. ETA is a unique, cutting-edge program that has been specifically designed to help you connect with like-minded, highly qualified health professionals, so as to provide support and assistance to anyone and everyone with a diagnosis.

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