There are many reasons to stay indoors and be less active during the winter: less daylight, cool temperatures, rain, snow in some regions, and ice. But with a little effort and preparation, you can continue a fitness routine in the winter or even try some new activities. Here are some tips to help you stay active and avoid a visit to an orthopedic doctor in the Bay Area when the weather warms up from being inactive all winter.

The Key is to Keep Moving

There are plenty of hiking trails in the Bay Area. Walk the Dipsea Trail, site of one of the oldest foot races in the United States. Try your luck on Mt. Diablo in the East Bay, the highest peak in the area. Go to Castle Rock State Park near San Jose where there’s something for everyone.

Be healthy at home. Fifteen to 30 minutes of squats, jumping jacks, sit-ups, and push-ups is all you need to stay fit. A stationary bike also provides good indoor exercise.

Head to the hills. Lake Tahoe is located about 200 miles, or 3.5 hours (without traffic) from San Francisco. Try cross-country or downhill skiing, snowboarding, or just tramp around in the snow in boots or snowshoes. If you get injured, get yourself examined by a ski doctor in the Bay Area.

Exercise at work. Try a walking meeting. Jog or walk outdoors during lunch. Or climb the stairs with a coworker to get your heart rate up.

Get in gear. Having the proper attire will make your experience more pleasurable, so invest in the right equipment, clothing, and gear for your activity. If you are exercising outdoors, consider a waterproof outer layer and other layers that are made of wool or polypropylene — wool socks, waterproof shoes, a warm hat, and mittens if it is very cold out.

Stay Safe Outdoors

Light up the night. While walking or running outside after dark, wear reflective clothing so you’re visible, and a headlamp to help you see your way. Equip your bike with a bright headlight and taillight. Pay attention to your surroundings. Only walk, ride, or run where you feel safe.

Stay warm and safe in the gym. Being around others creates a feeling of camaraderie. It’s also good for anyone who feels their personal safety is at risk exercising outdoors or in the dark.

High-velocity winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and tubing provide ample opportunities for exercise and also raise the risk of injury. It’s important to know your limits and not exceed them. You can still experience an injury even while exercising appropriately to your ability level. Should this occur, seek out a ski doctor in San Francisco.

Thrill-seekers aren’t the only ones who get injured. It’s just as common to slip on slick surfaces during a simple walk or bike ride. Take extra care if you know there are slick surfaces, and don’t forget to use common sense.

Be sure to stay active this winter for good health!

Have You Injured Yourself Exercising?

If you have a sports injury and are in need of a great orthopedic doctor in the Bay Area, contact Dr. Jeffrey Halbrecht for a consultation.