Editorial: Staying active this time of year is difficult

Published 8:32 am Thursday, February 24, 2011


We all know it is important to exercise. Albert Lea residents especially know this because they went through the AARP/Blue Zones Vitality Project.

Still, it can be hard to find time to exercise this time of year. The parks are full of deep snow. The sleet-snow mix that fell Sunday and Monday was heavy, crunchy and sticky and thus has been difficult to remove from streets and sidewalks.

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Indoor exercise at places such as the Albert Lea Family Y, HealthReach or at Northbridge Mall are really useful this time of year, though admittedly many people who are getting exercise can’t wait to go outside and play. If you don’t get your exercise at these indoor facilities, at least try to get some in your own home.

Many people suffer from negative feelings this time of year, whether it is depression or just feeling blue or even the cagey feeling of cabin fever.

For many people, the best way to maintain a positive attitude is getting that exercise. Exercise is much more important than dieting when it comes to weight-loss efforts.

Those TV commercials always show people moving in the broad daylight of summer, with activities like gardening and bicycling. The real challenge is staying active and healthy in the winter.

If you can do that, it shows you truly care about your health.