Winter exercise

Sauk Prairie Healthcare makes exercise classes and facilities available in winter.

PRAIRIE DU SAC—Winter weather is upon us. But, don’t let that be an excuse to take a break from exercise.

It’s important to get consistent exercise year-round. Regular exercise can positively impact mood, weight control, energy level, stress and sleep.

It’s well known that becoming sedentary can cause your blood pressure and blood glucose to rise; muscle mass to reduce; and metabolism to slow, resulting in putting on extra pounds. It’s no wonder that you can also feel more tired and grumpy when you stop exercising.

Wisconsin winters offer great outdoor exercise opportunities like skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing or hitting the local sledding hill with your kids. If you exercise outdoors in the winter, be sure to dress appropriately in layers; protect your head, hands, feet and ears from frostbite; and stay hydrated.

Still not motivated to brave the cold? There are lots of ways to stay active indoors too, by using your own exercise equipment, finding public spaces that welcome walkers, joining a fitness center or taking an exercise class.

Are you looking to move your exercise routine indoors this winter? Wellspring offers memberships and low single and family pricing. It features a bright, spacious fitness center with an indoor walking track and state-of-the-art equipment, including a TRX strength training system and a warm-water therapy pool. Members have access to individualized exercise prescriptions from certified staff members and receive discounts on group fitness classes, personal training and massage.

Learn more at SaukPrairieHealthcare.org/Wellspring or call 608-643-7572.