Exercising throughout the colder months can be more challenging, from motivating yourself to get outside in the cooler conditions or maybe difficulty engaging yourself in off seasonal activities to the same level as your preferred seasonal activities/sport.
The benefits of exercises still exist and the physical and psychological consequences of inadequate activity levels will prevail. If you don't move it, you will lose it and it is hard work to regain it!
If it's an off season for your usual sport or activity, use it to let your body and mind recover by participating in a different exercise type or sport. It's healthy for your body and mind to take a break from a strenuous competition phase or from a sport or exercise type that you have be doing continuously over a period of time. Moving your body in different ways can refresh your mind and enhance your physical health through accessing more joint ranges and strengthening new ranges while unloading overused joints.
Maintaining a fitness base is also favourable to your health and provides a strong leverage point to try new activities and/or re-commence seasonal activities/competition seasons. This is also an opportunity to establish a solid foundation and address any niggly issues or weakness to lessen potential injury risk and perform to a greater capacity in your returning to sport.
Embrace the cold weather and rug up suitably so you can enjoy the benefits from exercising outside in the fresh air and in nature, improved mental health, Vitamin D intake and maintenance of a healthy immune system.
Make the most of burning more energy with the colder weather slightly increasing our basal metabolism to maintain our body's warmth. The alternative, becoming more inactive and having more opportunities to consume energy can be detrimental to your health and wellbeing.
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Our Exercise Physiologists can assist you with a training program for winter and help keep you motivated. Call us on 9783 9990 or book online.