Staying active during these excessively cold days can be difficult. While staying warm and safe is a top priority, keeping your body and mind active is as well. So how do you make sure you do both?

Here are 5 possible ways as offered by the American Heart Association. (Note: we always recommend that you consult with your physician before starting an exercise regiment):

1. Look for a group class at your local gym, studio, or community center. If you are senior, be sure to check out your local senior center, since annual membership is often very affordable, as are the classes offered.

2. Walk up and down your stairs (using handrails to keep you safe). This activity done slowly and carefully will raise your heart rate and give you an excellent cardio workout that will stimulate your brain and warm you up.

3. Dance! You don’t have to be a dancer to experience the benefits of dancing and moving your body to music. Even the simplest movement to music will lift your spirits on those dark cold days of winter, and give your body some much needed movement.

4. Go to the Mall and take advantage of the clear floors, warm temps and long walkways. While mall walking is often associated with those who are bit older, walking in the mall can be beneficial to all ages.

5. Create your own home workout circuit. When you create your own circuit in your house you can be creative and don’t need to buy anything. You can combine weight lifting (something like a water jug) with stretching, yoga poses, and other body weight exercises (like squats, lunges, sit-ups). This type of exercise utilizes multiple muscle groups, gets your heart rate pumping, and burns tons of calories.

And while we didn’t list it as #6, remember that cleaning will keep you active and moving also.

Don’t let the intense cold keep you from moving and staying active. Try a few of these simple activities. Stay warm, stay safe, and enjoy the exercise endorphins!