Winning ways for winter
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,