There’s been a noticeable change in the weather and the urge to hibernate might be tempting you to miss your exercise classes and stay inside instead. But stopping exercise as we face the colder months is the last thing we should be doing. In fact, exercising now while it’s still mild enough to get outside is a great way to prepare for the colder months and means you are more likely to keep up with exercise through winter.
Exercise to Boost Circulation
If you have poor circulation, the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the affected arteries is reduced. If you suffer from any symptoms of poor circulation such as chest pains or pain in your legs when walking you should talk to your doctor to discuss appropriate treatment.
Regular exercise is great for circulation and heart health - it increases blood flow and gets the heart pumping blood around your body faster and flushes out your arteries.
Exercise to Boost your Immune System
As we approach cold and flu season your immune system will welcome a helping hand to help fight off the bugs and viruses. Exercise is a great way to boost your immune system and indeed studies found that the response from your immune system is immediate after exercising for 45 minutes. The key here is to make sure you continue to exercise regularly.
Take your Workout Outside
The cooler temperatures mean you need to warm up well before you start and wear layers that can easily be removed. Try walking, running or cycling for some fresh air and a chance to enjoy your surroundings. If you like meeting up with friends and you’re already quite active then joining a bootcamp class could be just what you need to help keep you motivated through the winter months ahead.
If you find it difficult to get out, perhaps due to limited mobility, then there are some great ways to stay active inside your own home. Video tutorials are a great way to get your daily exercise without leaving the house.
Set Yourself a Challenge
A great way to help ensure you don’t give up after the first hurdle is to set yourself a challenge or target that will see you through the winter. There are often lots of events you can sign up to from walking challenges to swimathons and once you’ve committed to it you are much less likely to give in. You could ask a friend to join you in a challenge- maybe pledge to attend a regular weekly class together. If you have someone to make you accountable you will be more likely to stick to it.
Do Something you will Enjoy
There’s no point in promising to run every day if you hate running. Doing exercise you dislike will just make you resent all exercise and will make you more likely to give up. So find an activity you enjoy and you will get all the feel-good hormones as well as the improved fitness.
So, get ready for winter and get started with your exercise routine now.
What are your top tips for staying healthy and active over winter? Let us know in the comments.
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You might have set yourself fitness challenges over lockdown such as joining an online exercise class or virtual running/cycling but have you thought of setting yourself a challenge to help bring you out of lockdown?
Perhaps you’ve seen the Couch to 5K challenge. A steady, achievable challenge that will see you go from little or no running to completing a 5K in a matter of weeks. If you already enjoy running/jogging you could sign up to a local Park Run once they all start up again.
Physical and Mental Benefits
It can’t be stated enough how amazing exercise is for us both physically and mentally but like anything in life it’s easy to fall into a rut. Doing something a bit different really engages your body and mind, forcing you to use muscles you might not have used for a while or concentrate on something you’ve not done before.
Some examples of challenges you could set yourself are:
Open Water Swimming
Amanda recently challenged herself to try open water swimming. Amanda classes herself as a pretty good swimmer but it was always in a pool. Swimming in open water is completely different. The release of endorphins post swim leaves you feeling on top of the world! It really reinforces how encouraging ourselves to try different activities challenges the body to work in a different way, using different muscles and truly engaging the brain.
Fitness You Will Love!
Starting up an exercise regime might seem daunting now the gyms have reopened and exercise classes can resume but setting yourself a simple fitness challenge will help you get back on track and reignite your love for fitness!.. It doesn’t have to be anything big or daunting, you can just set yourself small, easily achievable challenges such as attending a class for 1 month or walking 30 minutes every day for 30 days and see how much better you feel once you’ve completed your challenge.
New Fitness Challenge
Giving yourself a new fitness challenge can have many positive effects, not just the obvious physical effects but the positive mental benefits such as feelings of accomplishment and pride as well as the amazing endorphins exercise gives us. If you set yourself an achievable, smaller challenge to start with you might just find yourself itching for the next challenge to conquer!
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