Tip of the Day

Don’t let the cold winter weather sidetrack your personal fitness program. Here are some ideas to consider.

Walk at the mall. The hardest part about mall or indoor track walking is getting there. But once there, you may be amazed at how quickly you finish your workout. You might even meet new people and make new friends.

Join a health club. Find one where you’re comfortable. Have someone show you the different equipment. You may find something new to try.

Dive in. Working out in water is easier on your joints than most other forms of exercise, so it may be a good choice if you have bad knees. Don’t let a fear of deep water keep you from trying a water workout. Most water aerobics classes are taught in the shallow end of the pool.

Buy some exercise equipment. Set the machine in front of a window or read while you work out. Plan your workout around a favorite TV show. If you like biking, buy rollers that turn your regular bike into a stationary one. Don’t waste too much time searching for the ideal piece of exercise equipment. It doesn’t exist. Instead, try to find equipment that’s practical, easy to use and enjoyable — one that you’ll continue to use.

(Source: Mayo Clinic, online at www.mayoclinic.com.)

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