FEELING GREAT: Why it’s vital to keep active in winter

Dark mornings? Check. Needing to wrap up in more layers when leaving the house? Check.

By Paul Gough
Wednesday, 16th December 2020, 12:00 am
Getting fit for winter.
Getting fit for winter.

I think it’s safe to say that winter has officially arrived.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I enjoy winter…

But what I don’t enjoy is that the cold weather makes working out seem less than desirable. Would you agree?

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Whether that’s down to looking like a wrapped up Egyptian mummy if you go for a run, risking slipping on ice and having a nasty fall or heating up the car for a good 5 minutes in the morning before heading anywhere…

All of those things combined can make the idea of exercising in winter just that bit tougher. I get that it’s tempting to stay snuggled up in bed or on the sofa where it’s nice and warm…

But winter shouldn’t be a time that your fitness plans hibernate – especially with all of the treats around in the run up, and even after Christmas.

With the right attitude and mix of exercises, winter can be a great time to mix up your workouts, get creative and reignite your love of fitness.

And, of course, exercise can help you beat those winter blues that always pop up as well as keep your body moving which is especially important if you’re wanting to keep any aches and pains away.

Get Creative At Home

Getting to the gym can be more of a hassle when it’s cold outside, so why not get creative at home and come up with different ways to exercise.

Whether you try a workout DVD, invest in a new piece of fitness equipment or just use your body weight for a workout – exercising at home can be convenient and fun.

Try Something New

There’s nothing like signing up for a new class to get you up and moving during the chilly months.

By trying something new you reignite your motivation for fitness. Participating in a regular activity that you’ve paid for is a fantastic way to stay active in winter.

Get Excited

If you’ve never been a fan of winter then start focusing on what you DO love about it.

Whether that’s enjoying all the great, in-season food that you can enjoy…

Or curling up on the sofa with a big mug of hot chocolate, (sugar-free of course, if we’re focusing on health goals) after a long workout.

There’s so much to love about winter when you embrace it.

There’s so many great options, but make sure you always stay safe no

matter what you do.

P.S. If you’ve got back pain that’s stopping you from being able to keep

active right now, click here and you can download our free back pain guide

to help you get moving again: http://www.paulgoughphysio.com/back-pain