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Cool weather is no excuse for turning into a couch potato. There are plenty of ways to stay fit this Winter, even if you can’t spend as many hours outdoors. Here are a few suggestions: 

* Sign up for that kickboxing, spinning or aerobics class you’ve always wanted to try but never had the time. If you don’t like the gym, pop in a videotape, sign up for a dance class, or embrace the chilly weather by going skiing or ice-skating. 

* Classes like Tai-Chi, Tae-Bo, Ai-Chi (Tai-Chi in water), Yoga and Pilates are great for reducing stress while increasing muscle strength and flexibility. 

* Bundle up and appreciate the fall colors during a brisk hike. You’ll be surprised how fast your body warms up. Hiking with a buddy or as part of a group makes the trek even more enjoyable. 

*Don’t forget the little things. Rake leaves, take the stairs whenever possible, clean the garage, reorganize the closets or wash the windows. Double brownie points if you donate old clothes or other household items to the Salvation Army, Goodwill or another local charity. 


A recent study found that overweight women who own treadmills or other workout equipment lose twice as much weight as those who don’t. Exercise equipment owners are also said to workout more consistently. Researchers suspect that the equipment provides people with an alternative during bad weather, and serves as a constant visual reminder to get off the couch and exercise. / Issue 20 - September 2018
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