Cold can take toll
TEMPERATURES are dropping, the days are getting shorter and it is getting so much harder to get out of bed in the morning.
Winter has set in and unfortunately, for many, exercise can fall lower and lower on our list of priorities during the colder months.
While cold weather is not an excuse to go into exercise hibernation, it is necessary to take more precaution to protect your body.
According to Sports Medicine Australia (SMA), winter conditions and heightened injury concerns can prevent Australians from being active throughout the chilly season.
Sport injuries peak during May, June and July, and sports-related hospital admissions increase by about 30 per cent.
Curtin University school of physiotherapy and exercise science researcher Elissa Burton said people who generally exercised a lot should continue to maintain their habits.
“People who’ve spent their lives doing lots of exercise shouldn’t stop as time goes on, but then people who haven’t really done any exercise should start off slowly,” she explained.
“But it’s still important to mix both strength training and aerobic types of exercise.”
Burton said to avoid sore muscles, exercise rookies could choose an easier activity.
Strength work can be achieved by lifting weights, but an aerobic activity can be broken down into two categories: intense and moderate, which caters to all fitness levels.
Moderate activities, such as brisk walking or cycling, will get your heart rate up but intense aerobic activity, such as running or uphill hiking, will raise your heart rate more dramatically and make your body work harder.
Burton said the Australian guidelines encouraged people to complete about 150 minutes of activity every week.