Win­ning ways for win­ter

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - SPORT - Stacey Al­dous

WIN­TER in the Der­went Val­ley brings short days, low tem­per­a­tures, fog, frost and oc­ca­sional snow.

Al­though we know that ex­er­cise in­creases our en­dor­phins (the body’s nat­u­ral “feel-good” chem­i­cal), de­creases body fat, im­proves mus­cle mass and im­proves men­tal well­be­ing, win­ter can give our mo­ti­va­tion to ex­er­cise a real knock.

The cold and flu sea­son com­pro­mises our health so main­tain­ing a healthy lifestyle in these months is im­por­tant.

Here are some says that can help you stay mo­ti­vated and get through win­ter as fit and healthy as pos­si­ble.

Diarise and plan your weekly work­outs and stick to your plan. If you are an early bird and pre­fer 6am ses­sions but you are find­ing it dif­fi­cult to get mov­ing that early when it is so cold and dark, see if you can re­ar­range your day so that you can ex­er­cise at lunchtime or in the af­ter­noon. If you plan to ex­er­cise af­ter work, avoid go­ing home first as once you get in­side your nice warm house, it is hard to go back out again! Pack you work­out clothes and put them in your car the night be­fore, so as soon as you fin­ish work,

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