Winter Wellness: How to Stay Active in Mishawaka and South Bend

December 21, 2023

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The colder months often bring a temptation to hibernate indoors, reducing physical activity levels and impacting overall wellness. However, staying active during winter is crucial for maintaining a healthy body and mind. At ProActive Health, your trusted chiropractor office in Mishawaka and South Bend, we're committed to helping you embrace an active lifestyle throughout the year. Here are some expert tips to keep you moving and feeling great, even in the chilliest of winters.

1. Embrace Indoor Workouts

As temperatures drop, transitioning workouts indoors becomes a viable option. Consider activities like Yoga, Pilates, or indoor cycling to keep your body moving and maintain flexibility. At ProActive Health, we advocate for exercises that strengthen core muscles and improve posture, enhancing spinal health. Our team can guide you with tailored indoor workout routines suitable for all fitness levels.

2. Engage in Winter Sports

Winter offers unique opportunities for engaging in sports like ice skating, skiing, or snowboarding. These activities not only provide a good workout but also offer a refreshing change of scenery. Before engaging in winter sports, it's essential to ensure proper conditioning and preparation. Our chiropractors at ProActive Health can advise on injury prevention techniques and exercises to enhance performance and minimize the risk of strains or sprains.

3. Maintain Consistency

Consistency is key to maintaining an active lifestyle, regardless of the weather. Establishing a regular exercise routine, even if it's shorter or modified during winter, helps in sustaining momentum. At ProActive Health, we emphasize the importance of consistency in maintaining spinal health and overall well-being. Our chiropractic care can complement your active lifestyle by ensuring proper spinal alignment and addressing any discomfort caused by increased physical activity.

4. Take Advantage of Nature

While it might be colder, nature remains a beautiful and rejuvenating setting for physical activity. Consider brisk walks, hiking, or snowshoeing in local parks or trails. At ProActive Health, we encourage outdoor activities that promote movement while allowing you to connect with nature. Our chiropractors can offer guidance on how to avoid injury during outdoor activities and provide advice on proper warm-up and stretching techniques.

5. Join Fitness Classes or Groups

Group exercise classes or fitness groups can provide motivation and accountability, making it easier to stay active during winter. Whether it's a local gym class, a virtual fitness community, or a wellness group, participating in such activities can foster a sense of camaraderie and keep you motivated. ProActive Health supports community engagement and encourages our patients to find supportive environments for their fitness endeavors.

6. Prioritize Recovery and Self-Care

Amidst your active routine, don't overlook the importance of recovery and self-care. Proper rest, adequate hydration, and a balanced diet are essential for supporting an active lifestyle. ProActive Health's chiropractors can offer advice on nutrition, hydration, and techniques for optimal recovery to complement your physical activities and enhance overall wellness.


At ProActive Health, we believe that staying active throughout the winter months is essential for maintaining a healthy body and mind. Incorporating these tips into your routine can help you stay active, prevent injuries, and support your overall well-being. If you experience any discomfort or seek guidance on optimizing your winter fitness regimen, our team of chiropractors in Mishawaka and South Bend is here to support you on your wellness journey. Reach out to ProActive Health to discover personalized approaches to staying active and maintaining optimal health this winter.

Visit us at ProActive Health today to “Align Your Spine, Realign Your Life!”

Ready to see a chiropractor, whether for the first time or as someone looking to visit a new chiropractic office? Dr. Doug Patterson or Dr. Michael Hummer at ProActive Health is the top choice in the Michiana area! They will help guide you in developing a plan to tackle a routine exercise plan, consuming the right foods, and targeting your goals with chiropractic care.

Dr. Doug Patterson hurt his back in 1993 thus he first sought the care of a Chiropractor. After this experience, he decided he wanted to help people himself by pursuing chiropractic. He is a 1997 graduate of the Life University College of Chiropractic in Marietta, Georgia, and has been in practice for 25+ years. Since then, Dr. Doug has expanded his field of practice to include functional medicine,  science-based nutrition, and now certified in Shockwave Therapy. Schedule a visit with Dr. Doug at ProActive Health today!

Dr. Michael Hummer is native to northern Indiana. He grew up very active and found great enjoyment playing football, rugby, and wrestling. Dr. Mike earned his undergraduate degree in Dietetics at Ashland University where as a student-athlete he was a member of the varsity wrestling team. After graduation, he went on to become a personal trainer, and through his passion for both fitness and nutrition, he helped people to achieve their own goals and acquire greater health and wellness. At the same time, he also enjoyed working with and inspiring the local youth throughout his community through his dedication as a volunteer wrestling coach. Now Dr. Mike is excited to apply his education from Logan University and versatile skill set in aiding the community as they strive for greater health and happiness. Dr. Mike is also certified in Shockwave Therapy. Schedule a visit with Dr. Mike at ProActive Health today!

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