How to keep moving in the winter months

Do you struggle to keep on track on your movement goals during the winter months?

Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. At Thrive Health Co. we understand that it is hard to stay motivated during the cooler months, so we are here to discuss why, and how to combat the winter blues!

It’s easy in the cold weather to decrease or to even totally ditch movement and exercise. Weather can be an easy excuse and a reason to stay rugged up watching netflix. While extra rest and downtime is suggested, consistency in moving your body is essential for optimal health. It is recommended to change up your exercise routine to suit the season. It’s obviously harder to get outside and get going in the colder months, but don’t let that totally stop you.

Here’s our top three reasons to continue exercise and moving during winter:

  • Sunshine! In summer it only takes 10-15 minutes of sunshine to get our dose of vitamin D which is important for bone health, immunity and mood. Research has linked low vitamin D levels with depression, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, osteoporosis and cancer.
  • Mood! Exercise increases body temperature, releases endorphins which help to combat depression and stress and elevate the mood.
  • Immunity! Regular exercise strengthens your immune system to fight off bacteria and viral infections. When you exercise, blood which holds your immune cells flows through your body at a faster rate.

Our top tips to keep moving:

  • Enjoy your lunch in the sun. Take a walk at lunchtime in the sun and enjoy your lunch, not only are you getting out of the office, you’re recharging your vitamin D reserves and moving.
  • Get rugged up! Simply walking outside in the cold weather without layers of warm clothing can intensify older joint problems and cause pain.
  • Try and workout during the warmer parts of the day. Dusk and Dawn are normally the coldest.
  • Keep your toes and hands warm! Gloves, Socks and scarves.

If you’re not game enough to brave the chill, here’s other ways to keep moving:

  • Book yourself into classes and add them to your diary
  • Try hot yoga or hot Pilates.
  • Sit in a sauna for a few mins before your gym session.
  • Rock an indoor, at home workout – there are plenty of Youtube videos ranging from 15mins to an hour to keep you active.
  • Clean the house – this is a great exercise and will probably clear the mind and remove some chaotic thoughts.

Written by Dr. Courtney Cox