The temperature outside is plummeting and its dark far too early. Many of us are feeling the desire to hibernate in our homes rather than muster up the energy to get out and get active. Making an effort to exercise in winter is difficult but it’s important to do what you can to keep healthy.
If you let your fitness plans slide now, you can increase your risk of some diseases and will start to gain weight (especially with all the festive foods about). It’s possible to stay fit and have fun if you think outside of the box. You’ll find that you feel happier and livelier as you keep up a healthy lifestyle.
1. Exercise Indoors
Many of us many enjoy getting out and about for our fitness. A brisk walk or cycle is enjoyable and also helps to keep us fit. However, these options aren’t as attractive when it’s pouring with rain or icy. Joining a gym or leisure centre provides a huge range of exercise options while keeping you warm and dry. In most gyms, it’s possible to pay each time you go or to get a monthly membership. This allows you to join for the winter months and go back o your old routine come spring time. You may even like it so much that you decide to stay!
If you decide to have a go at using the exercise machines and weights, make sure you get a member of staff to talk you through your routine. Most gyms offer an induction service, so take full advantage of this. It’s important to use the equipment right to avoid any injury and get the best work out possible.
As well as general equipment, fitness and leisure centres will offer a wide range of fitness and health classes. There will be classes which range from high energy such as spinning to more relaxed activities like Pilates or tai chi.
Swimming is a fantastic exercise for seniors as it keeps you active without putting any strain on your bones and joints. It’s perfect for those with arthritis or any injuries. If you do not find swimming as enjoyable as classes, why not try combining the two with an aqua aerobics class?
2. Home Workouts
Exercising at home doesn’t necessarily mean fitting a whole home gym. Most of us don’t have the money or the space for that set up. You may want to consider an exercise bike which you can store easily. This will allow you to keep fit in the comfort of your house while listening to the radio or watching the TV!
The classic exercise video is still a popular option for those of all fitness levels. Try doing some research online for an exercise DVD that suits your fitness level such as the Fitness Triple Pack from Rosemary Conley. Most will have options for beginners up to advanced. This is a low cost option as all your need is some exercise clothes and trainers and you’re ready to go!
3. Think Outside the Box
There are a number of ways you can get active that you may not have even considered. Try taking 10 to 15 minutes going up and down your stairs? This will give you extra activity, even on a busy day.
Do some active housework like sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, doing laundry, or washing the windows. You can stay active while you keep your home looking great.
There’s nothing like a bit of retail therapy and it can also provide some great exercise. Try heading to a shopping centre and strolling around with friends for the day. You’ll feel exhausted after all that shopping!
If you do decide to exercise outdoors, make sure that you wrap up warm with several layers and wear reflective clothing if it’s getting dark. Also, make sure you watch out for ice as a bad fall can stop you being able to get out and about for months.