With the winter chill in the air and ice and snow on the ground, many of us go into hibernation until the spring thaw.
Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) patients should be active all year round to lose or maintain their weight. It can be hard to get motivated to move during this time of year, but instead of lamenting that you can’t ride your bike, go for your walk or swim in your pool, let’s look at the fun things winter has to offer to get moving! Below are some seasonal activities to consider:
Skiing: Do you ski? Want to learn? There are many places to ski in our area. Skiing gives you a chance to be outdoors, get some fresh air and exercise in some beautiful scenery! Many people enjoy this sport and you may find you do too!
Snowboarding: Many places that offer skiing also offer snowboarding. Another great way to get outside, get moving and enjoy the winter season!
Ice skating: There are many local ice skating rinks in the area that have open skate times and skate rentals. This activity is indoors, so if you are really not a fan of the cold weather this might be an option for you!
Snow shoeing: This can be a fun activity! If you like being outside blazing through fallen snow, this might be your new activity! There are many parks and nature preserves in NJ that offer snowshoeing trails.
Hiking: The same trails people hike on during the warmer months may be open during the winter. Check with your local or state parks for more information.
The above are also great family or group activities! Get the whole family active or get a group of friends together who may also enjoy these activities! Remember to dress appropriately for the weather conditions, check the local forecast and make sure your gear is in working order so you have a safe and fun experience!
Dietitian’s Corner is a monthly column for post-op and pre-op patients of bariatric surgery in NJ written by Prime Surgicare’s Lori Skurbe. Lori has been a dietitian for over 20 years with an extensive background in weight management, bariatric nutrition and diabetes education.