Don't let winter wreck your workout

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Winter is coming, although it feels like it’s already here.

It’s cold. It’s dark in the morning and dark when you get home in the evening.

This time of year, it can be difficult to keep your exercise routine if you have one.

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So, try to take a break at work. If weather permits, go outside for a brisk walk. It’s a great way to stay active.

The winter months are also a good time to consider joining your local YMCA so you can exercise indoors.

Staying active is especially beneficial for your mental health right now. Exercise can help you fight off the winter blues.

“Exercise for many people is an anti-depressant,” says Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts.

“It’s important if you do have a workout schedule, for your own mental health, to try and maintain that schedule when the weather changes and the days become shorter.”

Research has shown that any type of exercise, even walking, can improve your mood.

It’s also important that your children stay active this time of year.

“Whether it’s bundling them up and letting play out in the snow or taking them to an indoor playground, kids need that physical activity every single day,” Dr. Roberts added.