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STEFANIE GLINIANY

In this month’s Teal Talk, MOCA Community Support Program Manager Stefanie Gliniany shares some creative ways to stay active and safe as the temperature drops.

It’s that time of the year when the sun sets earlier, the air becomes chilly, and snowflakes are falling. Winter can be a challenging season for some, and this winter presents added difficulties because of COVID-19. Staying active in a safe way can have many positive benefits.

This winter may be a great opportunity to try a new winter activity such as snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. For those currently in treatment and/or dealing with side effects from treatment, outdoor activities might not be an option.

You can still find ways to be safe and active inside. There are many fun workout videos and exercise ideas available online! Try yoga, aerobics or other body-weight exercises at home. You can also get a great workout going up and down the stairs and— as silly as it sounds, use soup cans as dumbbells!

Consider finding a friend to keep each other encouraged. Though you may not be able to be together, you could watch the same video and “zoom” together!