Staying Active in Winter

Winter is well and truly here. It can be hard to stay motivated as the weather gets cooler and days become shorter. However, it is as important as ever to keep out bodies moving. Here are some of our top tips to help you stay active and healthy during the cooler months.

Perform a 5-10 minute warm-up before starting exercise such as dynamic stretching or light intensity walking. Warming up helps to prepare the body for exercise and allow the body to adjust to the cold by increasing body temperature and blood flow to the muscles.

Wear the right clothes
As we exercise, our bodies generate heat. When our bodies start to feel too warm, we sweat. As sweat evaporates, it pulls heat away from the body having the effect of making you feel cooler. Layering clothes allows you to remove and add layers as needed, as well as trap the warm air to keep you feeling toasty.

Drink water
You may not feel as thirsty during the cooler months, but you are still losing fluids through sweat and breathing. It is essential to keep drinking water to keep you hydrated, especially when exercising.

Cover your extremities
When it’s cold, blood flow is concentrated to our core to keep the internal organs warm. This is why our hands and feet are often the first part of our body to feel cold. In cooler weather, consider a hat or beanie, warm socks and shoes, and gloves to keep the heat in. If you have a respiratory condition, try to keep your chest and neck area covered.

Exercise with someone
Exercising with a friend or family member can help you stay motivated. It’s easier to get moving if you know someone is counting on you. Set a time and place, and have your workout gear ready to go.

Change up your outdoor routine for an indoor workout
Winter comes with its challenges such as shorter days, icy temperatures, wind and rain. When the weather takes a turn, swap out your outdoor workout for an indoor one. Stuck for ideas? Contact Move Exercise Physiology to book in an appointment with one of our friendly Accredited Exercise Physiologists to discuss an appropriate indoor program tailored to you!

By Brooke Luethen