Exercising in the winter months can be tough for even the
most dedicated gym-bunny. Icy, dark mornings and cool, dark evenings lend
themselves more to huddling under a duvet with a cup of hot chocolate rather
than heading out to work up a sweat.
But if the thought of what all those hot chocolates, creamy
soups and hearty stews will do to your waistline if you don’t work them off isn’t
enough to tempt you to do a workout, check out this article on how exercise can
actually help beat
those winter blues.
Not only that, but regular exercise can also help keep those
nasty winter bugs at bay. This
study shows how regular exercise may be “among the best ways to reduce
acute respiratory infections”. And research
also shows that exercising in winter months can really lift
However, should you get struck down with something a little
more than a cold, it’s wise to take some precautions when exercising and if you
get the flu rather get better first before you get back into your exercise
programme. Read this article on exercising
during flu season.
If you’re new to exercise and looking for a little advice on
how to keep going throughout the colder months, take a look at these tips to
- Be realistic with your goals, if you can’t exercise on most
days – commit to at least three days a week.
- If you enjoy exercising outdoors, try to warm up indoors as
it might be easier to face the cold when your body is warm.
- If you find the transition from your bed to your workout
difficult, try easy warm up exercises like yoga to get you started.
- Exercise with a friend – accountability to someone other
than yourself can help keep you on track.
- Set yourself a goal for winter and reward yourself with
something worth working towards e.g. a weekend away, a spa treatment or a new
pair of shoes.
Whatever you choose to do the goal is to keep moving. Not
only will it keep
you warm, but when summer rolls around you will be ever-so happy you stuck
What are your tips for exercising when it’s cold outside?
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