Monday, January 20 2014, 06:30 PM MST
Todd Taggart: Winter Exercise
(KUTV) Cold weather, slick roads and unhealthy air are all part of Utah winters, but they're not an excuse to give up being active.
Todd Taggart is a Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialist with Intermountain Healthcare. He joined us to talk about exercising outside in the cold weather.
Below are some things to consider when you're trying to stick with your exercise routine during the colder months:
1) How can I continue exercising (running, cycling) outside?
Bundle up, wear layers and remain visible and you can continue exercising outside during the winter months.
Go with a buddy to remain motivated on those cold morning or evening runs.
When air quality is poor (red or yellow days), run on a treadmill or use a trainer to cycle indoors.
2) What if I can't afford a gym membership?
There are plenty of exercises for every level of fitness that can be done indoors.
Check with your employer, school or neighborhood - oftentimes you might have access to a clubhouse, gym, or fitness classes at a free or reduced cost.
3) How can senior adults continue to exercise despite cold temperatures and associated increased fall risks?
There is a program called Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program that is available through many Medicare health plans throughout the U.S. that provides a fitness center membership to any participating location across the country.
It encourages physical activity and offers social interactions for the older adult population. By gaining access to indoor facilities this demographic can continue to exercise through the winter months.
Go to silversneakers.com to check for availability with your health plan.
4) What can those with young children do to keep active during winter months?
Share your passion for a winter sport with them.
Take them skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing.
There are limitless trails in Utah that can be explored equally in the winter months if you are properly equipped and educated about the terrain.
For more information, please call Intermountain Physical Therapy & Rehab - American Fork
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