When the weather starts turning colder, we usually start spending more time indoors. If this is true for you, make sure to maintain your fitness regimen. Becoming sedentary for months at a time can really take a toll on your veins. While it might make sense to take your regular exercise routine inside, don’t forget to take advantage of opportunities to fit in a little more movement despite the chill in the air. The American Heart Association recommends that people walk 10,000 steps per day. That seems like a lot, but those steps don’t have to be taken all at once. Sneak in extra steps throughout your day by parking farther away from stores, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, going on short walks during breaks or during your lunch hour, or walking an extra lap around the grocery store after you finish getting your items. More opportunities will turn up if you keep an eye out for them. These strategies are simple, free, and you can do them any time you’re on the go. If you want to take it to the next level, get a pedometer so that you can track your steps and challenge yourself a little more each day.
Staying active in even little ways will keep the blood flowing and benefit your entire body, not just your veins. Even if you don’t have a regular fitness routine currently, taking those extra steps is a great place to start because it’s not too intimidating. You can build on that foundation gradually and develop exercise habits that last a lifetime. It’s never too soon to start taking steps on the path to fitness, literally!