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With the shorter hours of daylight and chilly conditions of winter upon us, finding the motivation and ways to keep our bodies moving and warm can come with its challenges.

However, staying active in cold weather is important since our muscles and connective tissue have less elasticity and may be more prone to injury from cold temperatures.

Are you looking for different ways to stay moving this winter? Check out these four activities!

Household Projects

Finding an activity indoors such as painting, trying out a DIY project, or even just going through clothes and deep cleaning are all ways to move around the house for extra steps. Not to mention household chores are a great way to be active all while staying warm and dry. Lifting heavier objects around the house can put stress on the lower back muscles, if pain persists our DMOS Spine Center is here to help you stay safe.

Shoveling Snow

Although a basic home maintenance task during the winter, shoveling can actually provide a great full-body workout. Moving heavy snow can be a form of weight-lifting working muscles such as the quads, back, and shoulders. If your heart rate jumps a little, it can be considered an aerobic exercise as well. 

Winter Sports

If you are looking to pick up a new hobby that can also provide some physical benefits, consider trying outdoor activities like skiing or snowboarding. Both snow sports are great aerobic exercises but can also strengthen your lower body muscles such as the quads, glutes, hamstrings, and calves all while having fun with family or friends. Just 50 minutes north of Des Moines Seven Oaks in Boone offers skiing, snowboarding, and tubing.

Indoor Workouts

Although there are many fun ways to stay active outside, there are just as many indoor activities you can do from the comfort of your home gym or local health club. Trying a fitness class, water aerobics or indoor swimming, and weight lifting are all great ways to try implementing an indoor activity that works for you. When starting a new exercise program, pulling a muscle is not uncommon. To stay safe and prevent muscle strains, check out these 3 tips to prevent injuries when you exercise

Trying new activities physical activities can typically come with some soreness of the muscles. However, if pain persists or injury occurs, our DMOS Urgent Injury Clinics are open 6 days a week with no appointment necessary. 

See current wait times for our orthopedic walk-in clinic or schedule an appointment with a DMOS specialist today.   

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