Move Your Body
Stay Active Throughout The Winter Months
Cold weather, harsh winds, lack of sunshine and darker days can make us feel tired, sluggish and lethargic, but it’s important that we find ways to stay active throughout the winter months.
You don’t need to be a devoted jogger - a brisk 30-minute walk each day works wonders to improve mood, energy levels, mobility and immunity. Country walks in particular have been shown to reduce symptoms of depression, raise self-esteem, and even boost your brain power.
Stay warm during cold weather walking by wearing several layers to keep heat in and don’t forget your hat as body heat escapes easily from the head. Back indoors after walking, remove layers little by little letting your body temperature adjust slowly.
Brisk walking can help to keep your heart strong by increasing your heart rate, helping to reduce your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure in the long-term. Walking can also strengthen bones, helping to prevent the onset of osteoporosis, which makes bones brittle and more likely to break.
If you’re taking early morning or evening walks when its dark, stay safe by wearing appropriate clothing. Something bright or reflective is a good idea, and don’t forget a reliable torch – night can fall quickly in winter so you may start out in daylight but return in the dark.
But It's Cold Outside!
If you really can’t face the cold weather, how about indoor options – try a pilates, aerobics or yoga group to stay flexible, increase core strength and improve balance. Or even dedicate a few minutes to walking up and down the stairs for cardio and leg work – just five or ten minutes each day can make a difference.
Walking outdoors has so many benefits for physical health, strength and mobility, mental wellbeing,
and emotional balance, lifting spirits and helping us to feel connected to our surroundings. Just 30 minutes a day will make all the difference... so why not give it a try?