How to stay active in winter!

winter

The weather outside is frightful …….. and even the most enthusiastic exerciser can have a hard time getting motivated in the winter months.  Short, cold days and long dark nights make it difficult to get out of bed, let alone getting the body moving – but there are some simple ways to get motivated this winter!

The goal is to remove as many obstacles as possible and make small changes that can make staying active in winter easier until spring returns. At this time of year, exercise can also help to cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  Below are 5 ways to help stay active:

Family Fun

Chances are your family and family pets are getting a little stir crazy inside the house, too.  Whether it is a game of hide and seek or a family dance-off, playing together is a good cardiovascular workout and great fun. Just make sure any breakables are out of the way first!

Try to find an indoor alternative

If you love cardio, you probably don’t want to give up that runner’s high, but you might not want to venture out into frosty conditions either. During the cold winter months you can get your heart pumping indoors with cardio workouts you can do at home, such as climbing the stairs or jogging on the spot.

Take advantage of your lunch break

Many people get frustrated when it’s dark in the morning and dark when they come home from work. The solution is to work out in the middle of the day, during the peak light hours. If the weather is tolerable, take a brisk walk during your lunch hour — this provides the added benefit of fresh air and a bit of nature.

Make it Social

When exercising alone, there is only one person you have to convince to skip a session so by exercising with a partner or group, there’s  always some social pressure. Exercise partners can also provide social support, camaraderie and distraction from bad weather. There’s the additional benefit of making friends and hanging out with like-minded people. Even if you’re exercising at home, consider joining a live class on Zoom, U-tube or on Instagram — which are great winter workout options that don’t require you to brave the cold, pandemic or not.

Wake- up ready to go

Choose a song that will help get you out of bed and get your heart beating faster.  So don’t hit the snooze button, dance around the bathroom instead and start your day with energy!

Should you require any further information or would like to speak to a member of our team please call us on: Hitchin 01462 420077 or Luton 01582 579687, alternatively e-mail us on: hichin@healesclinics.com or luton@healesclinics.com


Peter Heale Chiropractor in Hitchin and LutonFrom the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

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