The summer months are the perfect time to exercise, not only are the days longer and the weather warmer, but you’re more likely to be inspired by seeing other people out and about, making the most of the sunshine and keeping active.
However, there’s no reason why your exercise regime should slow down or stop once winter comes around.
In fact, the colder months are the perfect time to not only reassess your fitness goals but also to remind yourself of all the benefits that keeping fit can bestow at a time when our moods tend to suffer, we’re more susceptible to illness, and many of us gain a little extra weight.
Of course, a great way circumvent the chilly weather and ‘winter blues’ is to seek comfort in the warm bloom of a thermal spa. However, it’s a good idea to revamp your exercise routine during the winter months so that you can emerge on the other side of winter feeling healthy, fit, and with an increased sense of well being.
Motivation is key
As important as it is to keep exercising during the winter, we understand how easy it is to feel unmotivated when it’s freezing outside, and all you want to do is get into full hibernation mode, complete with a cup of hot chocolate.
Unfortunately, if you give in to this urge to slow down, it can hurt your wellbeing and health. Research has shown that the best way to increase your immunity against colds and flu and to beat the winter blues is to exercise.
Even a short walk in the middle of the day is enough to increase dopamine and norepinephrine, important neurotransmitters that energise the brain and regulate circadian rhythms.
Don’t forget to treat yourself with a massage to keep your body and mind well balanced- even if you haven’t done any exercise in a while, this will alleviate any stress and keep motivation levels high.
Switch up your routines
There are many ways to transition your favourite summer workouts to their winter alternatives. Here are some ideas to get you started:
If summer exercise for you means rounders on the field, footie in the park, or netball with friends, don’t think you have to give up on social workouts just because it’s chilly.
Instead, try a group exercise class at your local gym. From Zumba to salsa dancing to aerobics, you’re bound to find a workout where you can be as sociable as you like, all while getting your heart pumping!