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November 21, 2017 06:17 PM

Don't Let The Cold Stop You From Staying Fit

Sioux Falls, SD

With temperatures getting lower, you may find yourself exercising less and bundling up more. 

But missing out on workouts can leave you feeling under the weather. 

Putting on your winter coat for a workout can seem like a lot of work, but in the long run you'll be thankful you did it. 

"I do it because I have a lot of depression and anxiety and it helps me get all that out. It gives me energy because I do it before I go to work," gym user Calita Andress said. 

Not only does getting up and working out help you get rid of stress, but it can make you feel better throughout the day.

"Staying indoors can take a toll on you a lot. Maybe sometimes you will get some seasonal depression, stuff like that. You're not getting your vitamin D from the sun going out and about," GreatLife personal trainer Brendan Harberts said.

Harberts recommends finding a workout buddy to help motivate you, even when a cozy blanket and comfort foods sound better. 

"It's not easy to get to the gym, but it's very important to make sure you get to the gym three to four times a week.  Something that helps a lot of people is having a workout partner as well to kind of motivate you to get to the gym. Doing stuff like that can really help you a lot," Harberts said. 

And that's exactly what helps Andress.  

"To have a partner that comes with me, otherwise I wouldn't show up here," Andress said. 

But even if you can't find a friend to drag along, getting yourself in the gym is important for your health. 

"Staying inside like that can really offset some of your fitness goals so it's very important to make sure you stay active and get out and about," Harberts said. 

Because burning off the winter weight is harder than keeping a routine year round. 

If the cost of a gym membership is shying you away, Harberts suggests taking advantage of the nice weather when it's here or walking around the mall. 

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