Exercising in winter is like exercising in summer: you should do it. However, winter exercise can be more dangerous simply because it’s colder. It takes longer to warm up. It also requires different clothes and footwear. You must face your winter workouts with a plan, or disaster can ensue.

Physical therapy can help you plan for safe winter workouts. Physical therapy offers custom therapies, training, and fitness programs to maintain health and fitness levels, reduce the risk of injury, and perform more efficiently.

Man running in snow.
Winter running is great, but you don’t need to go to extremes to get good exercise.

How is Winter Exercise Different for Exercise?

While winter weather can negatively impact physical workouts, it can also negatively affect mood. Low light conditions and constant cold can result in depression, fatigue, and seasonal affective disorder. Physical therapists have techniques and methods to beat the winter blues, elevate mood, maintain fitness levels, and prevent weight gain throughout the season.

By consulting with a physical therapist, they can design a fitness program tailored specifically to your body type and needs. Getting tailored advice is important as no two people are alike. That means their fitness needs are also different. Physical therapy practices also offer an effective alternative for the elderly, those with chronic conditions, and people who don’t feel comfortable within traditional gym environments.

Personalized Plans and Attention

Physical therapists are biomechanical specialists. That means physical therapists understand how the body works and what you specifically need to thrive during exercise. A personalized program can factor in past injuries, the specific type of activities in which people are involved, and their ultimate fitness and competitive goals, like running a marathon or extending their range of motion. You can get that through a YouTube video!

Custom plans are even more important for people with chronic diseases. Physical therapists offer a safe and therapeutic environment for those patients to stay fit while addressing their particular health issues. Those with heart problems, diabetes, and neurological conditions can benefit, along with patients who have lung disease.

The elderly and people with special health issues often stop healthy activities due to fear of falling or aggravating their condition. This is especially true in winter when being active is more important than ever. Physical therapy is beneficial for more than just treating and rehabilitating injuries – it’s a vehicle for lifetime fitness.

Woman walking in winter to get  exercise In winter.
Walking is a great exercise when it’s cold.

Therapies for Winter Fitness

Many physical therapy techniques can specifically help during winter.

  • Therapeutic massage loosens muscles and increases performance while elevating mood.
  • Massage therapy, acupuncture, and dry needling increase energy levels while flushing toxins from the body.
  • Aquatic therapy is an effective resistance training method for amateur and professional athletes and those with joint conditions. It’s beneficial for losing weight and allows people to improve their range of motion.
  • Clinical Pilates, aerobics, and yoga can also build pelvic and core strength, stability, and balance. We identify areas of weakness that need extra attention and perform gait assessments that pinpoint movement dysfunction that reduces efficiency.

Physical therapy can professionally train and guide you to stay active during winter. And being active is what good health is all about. Winter exercise can reduce the potential for injuries when activities are resumed in the summer. Exercise can also relieve stress, anxiety, depression, and all the seasonal conditions that often come with winter.

Do You Need Help with Your Exercise Program?

If you need help with your winter exercise program, contact the experts at STARS Physical Therapy. We have clinics throughout the Treasure Valley and can help you safely exercise this winter.