Tips for winter exercise

Tips for winter exercise

During autumn and winter stay active throughout to beat those seasonal blues and feel on top of the world.

And if you're not interested in exercising outdoors, do 10-minute home exercise gym.

If you are looking for something less energetic, these strength, balance, flexibility and sitting exercises are ideal if you want to improve your health, lift your mood and remain independent.

Do not worry if you've not done much for a while, these exercises are easy, gentle to follow and can also be done indoors.

More energy

Daily exercise will make you feel more energetic, which should make it a little easier to get out of your warm bed on cold, dark mornings.

Your body’s defenses will also benefit. There is some limited research suggesting that moderate exercise can strengthen the immune system, thereby reducing the risk of coughs and colds. However, more research is needed in this area.

If the shorter days are affecting your mood, being active can improve your sense of wellbeing.

During colder months eat more. Exercising will help you manage your weight better and keep your body in shape as well.

Warm up

If you are trying to start new exercise regime, don not overdo it. Slowly build the amount of exercise you do. If you cannot manage 30 minutes in one go, break it up into 10-minute chunks.

Before start the exercise warm-up for up to 10 minutes. Walk at a brisk pace, or jog in order to warm your muscles.

Make sure you’re warm if you’re going outside. Wear several layers to keep the heat in. A lot of heat escapes through your head, so consider wearing a hat as well.

Stay safe

If you are exercising late evening, keep to well-lit areas and wear bright and reflective clothing. Always does exercise with a friend. But always tell someone where you are going.

Avoid listening to music while running outdoors. Not hearing what’s going on around you can make you vulnerable.

If rain or ice is making exercise dangerous, do it another day. The weather might be better tomorrow, but an injury could take weeks to heal.