Keeping Active During Frigid Weather

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Keeping Active During Frigid Weather

Brick physician gives tips to get a leg up on fitness during the winter

Many people have made New Year's resolutions to lose weight or be more physically active, but it can be tough to get motivated when the temperature outside is freezing. Dr. Jason Nitche, an orthopedic surgeon at Ocean Medical Center and with Brielle Orthopedics, offers a few simple ways to bypass the bad weather and stick to your resolution.

"You don't have to spend time outdoors to be active," says Dr. Nitche. "There are plenty of easy resources that can keep you moving and on course to meet your fitness goals during these winter months."

1. Go to a local mall and walk or jog laps. In fact, some malls even open their doors early for individuals who want to get in some exercise before the shoppers arrive.

2. Buy home aerobic or exercise videos or DVDS. There's a great variety available for different levels of activity, types of exercise, and musical interests.

3. Use home weights or a stationary bike or treadmill. Start off easy and gradually work your way up to cover more distance, use more resistance, or increase the weights you are lifting.

4. Do cardio exercises to your favorite music. Music is a great motivator, so turn on your favorite tunes and get moving.

5. Go to your local pool and swim. Many communities have for indoor pools that are a great resource in the winter months. Some facilities even have water exercise sessions.

6. Wii FIT. Wii is the hottest thing in home entertainment, and fitness packages make it especially easy to do everything from yoga to aerobics right at home.

7. Dancing. Whether you dance in your home, go to a studio, or find a recreational group, dancing is a great way to burn calories while having fun.

8. Yoga. Home instructional DVDs make it easy to do yoga on your own, or you can look into town recreational offerings or formal studio sessions.

9. Explore community resources. Check with your town to see what type of recreational programs they may offer, or participate in YMCA workouts. Some churches also offer programs.

Dr. Nitche also advises to take a few precautions as you get started on a new fitness routine. "It's always a good idea to talk to your doctor before starting a weight loss or fitness regimen. With all activities, start at an easy level and gradually increase your time and intensity."

Ocean Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a 281-bed non-profit community hospital located in Brick New Jersey, providing health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines, including maternity; oncology; orthopedics and rehabilitation; general, neurological, thoracic, and vascular surgery; cardiology; dialysis; and emergency and critical care services. The Medical Center features Magnet award winning nurses and is a proud affiliate of University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network. Ocean Medical Center also operates the state's first Satellite Emergency Department in Point Pleasant, called the Ocean Care Center. For more information, call the Meridian Health Line at 1-800-560-9990 or log on to our web site at

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