Don’t Get Cold Feet About Working Out: How to Exercise in the Winter

As if chronic foot and leg pain weren’t bad enough, winter comes around to tempt you into piles of blankets; to seek refuge in a warm evening by the fireplace.

Thus, exercising may just be the last thing you feel like doing.

However, exercise is apt to reduce your pain all year round — not just during the winter. And if you’d like to learn more about how to take control of your body during the busiest season of the year, we have the advice and explanations you need below.

Why Is It Worse In The Winter?

While exercise is a necessity for any and all vascular patients, the wintertime in specific requires an increased adherence to regular workouts that increase the capacity of the circulatory system.

“Blood pressure generally is higher in the winter and lower in the summer,” Mayo Clinic explains. “That’s because low temperatures cause your blood vessels to narrow — which increases blood pressure because more pressure is needed to force blood through your narrowed veins and arteries.”

The trouble for many older patients during the winter season, however, is that they are more sensitive to the cold. Thus, finding the most effective and comfortable exercise routine may prove more challenging.

In Your Element, In Your Environment

“You don’t have to be a triathlete to help your arteries stay young.” Harvard Health affirms. In fact, even an average of two to three miles of brisk walking or jogging will take you in the right direction.

Otherwise, one of the key elements to being able to effectively exercise during the colder months would be to find the right environment. Namely, try searching for…

  • Indoor tracks
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Indoor gym classes
  • At-home YouTube videos
  • And more

In a temperature-controlled environment, many patients will find that it is easier to both pursue and maintain their new exercise regimens, thereby mitigating vascular symptoms and increasing their overall health.

Finding Trusted Treatment

Regardless of where you are in your vascular care journey, it’s never too late to start incorporating exercise.

“Over time, people with normal blood pressure levels will see a slight decrease if they’re doing endurance training,” according to Livestrong. “However, those with high blood pressure should experience a sharp decrease and may even see a return to normal levels.”

That being said, knowing where to start may be an entirely different challenge altogether — which is why Duval Vascular Center is here to ensure you receive the care you deserve!

We offer individualized care in a state-of-the-art outpatient center in addition to a FREE vein screening to get you started!

So, are you ready to learn more? Simply contact our team today by calling (904) 518-1398! Whatever your needs, your health is our priority.