Nov 15th, 2015
Author: Cocoon Web Design
Can you feel it; the brisk air rush against your face, the leaves dancing in the wind and the frost nip mornings? I can. Once again autumn has tumbled through our lives leaving us nothing but summer memories of sunshine and warm weather. It has come that time were we must prepare our bodies for the long dark winter days and even colder nights. Many people may not know this but just like most animals our bodies enter hibernation mode as well. We need to try to motivate ourselves to keep our bodies moving as much as possible and try not to become immobile and couch locked. Within 2 weeks of immobility our bodies start to enter hibernation mode and slow down. This means our metabolism slows drastically as well as our muscles degenerate. The “winter weight” that everyone claims to gain and are okay with should not be okay and it is unhealthy! It is still possible to gain an extra layer on yourself without gaining a fat layer.
Eating properly throughout winter will help you gain the correct healthy weight to keep you warm, mainly complex carbohydrates but that doesn’t eat as much as possible; it must be measured and timed. Along with eating healthy you must also keep moving! Just because you are on your feet or lifting heavy objects at work all day long, doesn’t mean you can count that as your physical activity. Granted it is strenuous but our bodies are so used to that daily routine that it has no effect, look at it as if you were to plateau, you must find new ways to confuse your muscles to build them. Here are a few more ways to stay healthy this winter!
- Go straight to the gym after work: If you train in the afternoon or evening, plan your day so that you don’t have to go home before visiting the health club or gym. It’s really difficult to leave the house once you get home and comfortable – the couch can be very alluring when it’s wet and windy outside! Pack your exercise gear in the morning, along with a light afternoon snack to keep you energized all the way to the end of your workout.
- Move every chance you get: Do you find the morning is too cold, and by evening you’re too tired? Look for ways to integrate exercise into your day. At lunchtime, throw on a scarf and go for a brisk 20-minute walk. If you have a meeting with a colleague planned, consider taking it to the streets for a “walk and talk”. Try a lunchtime boxing or yoga class. These breaks will warm you up and are a great way to revitalize your mind and get you ready for a productive afternoon.
- The cold should not cancel your routine: Illness is a common setback to maintaining a winter exercise routine. One of the many benefits of regular exercise is a healthy and resilient immune system, which helps you recover faster, and makes you less likely to catch a cold in the first place. If a cold does catch you, try gentler activities such as stretching to maintain good habits. Keeping your routine will make it easier to get back into your regular program when you’re feeling 100 per cent again.
- Escape and get lost: A short trip to somewhere sunny can help you beat the winter blues and offers an excellent chance to get active as well. Find some fun activities to include in your trip such as snorkelling, mountain biking or learning to kayak. Revel in the winter chill and hit the slopes on a skiing or snowboarding escapade, or for those a little more daring, how about trying a cycling tour or hiking adventure? The possibilities are endless!
- Find a new hobby: Take up a winter sport of cross country skiing or snowboarding, you never know what you can be good at till you try. Get together with a group of friends and play a pick up game of hockey or a snowball fight, if thats not your style then try ice skating. Not only will these activities get you out of the house but into some fresh air and confuse your muscles enough to get a good workout in!
- Stay positive: Most important of all is to approach your winter exercise routine with a positive mindset. After all, there are some excellent advantages to exercising in winter. Winter is an ideal time to lose weight as your metabolism naturally speeds up to help keep you warm. Keep moving through winter and you’ll be a step ahead when the warm weather arrives. Keep working toward your winter exercise goals and, when facing tough exercise challenges, take the approach, “I’d love to!”
Just because a couple of degrees have dropped doesn’t mean you have to drop of the face of the earth and into your cave to hibernate. Seasonal depression truly does exist and the only way to prevent it is to keep moving, whether you have to motivate yourself or a loved one all I ask of you is to stay active this winter. There are plenty of health clubs to join and trainers to help guide you towards your goals, take advantage of this opportunity before you choose your weight loss goal for your new years resolution… once again.