Keeping fit when it's cooling down

Posted in: Wellbeing Last updated: 09 Nov 2015
Exercise class

While the summer sun is perfect for getting into all sorts of outdoor activities – even though you might not have considered it – winter can attract just as many opportunities for indoor sports too! When the weather's a little dim, it's even more important to make sure you keep active.

Exercise can even help you ward off Seasonal Affective Disorder, as well as boost your immune system, helping you to fight off those nasty colds that always seem to do the rounds at this time of year. So, now you're convinced it's a good idea, what're the best types of exercise to try in this wintry weather?

Mixing it up

Indoor sports can provide just as good a workout as outdoor ones, but sometimes, it's good to mix things up. For example, if you're a seasoned jogger, exchanging those glorious summer runs through countryside and the open air for the bleak sights of the gym's treadmill might not do wonders for your motivation. Instead, how about taking up aerobics at a local class?

Something with multiple movements can help you to work a range of muscles, as well as incorporating uplifting music and an all-round great atmosphere! Classes in general can be a great source of motivation at this time of year. Team spirit could just be the push that helps you to keep up those activities. Check out your local gym or leisure centre and see what packages they have to offer!

Time to chill

For something a little more toning, and with more of a focus on relaxing, yoga and Pilates certainly fit the bill. Yoga can be a great way to focus on mindfulness throughout the darker months, helping you to instil a sense of calm and focus to your day – something that can be difficult in winter as the dark nights can often make us feel rushed. Classes in the morning can be a big help in making sure you start the day right, helping you to feel refreshed and prepared, while an evening class is ideal for unwinding after a particularly busy one!

Hit the pool

Swimming is incredibly versatile, gentle on the joints and a sport you can make as strenuous or as relaxing as you like. Your local pool could just be your new favourite place this winter! Plus, some pools also feature a Jacuzzi area - perfect for a warming wintry treat after a good work out!

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