Exercising those winter blues away

Finding the motivation to exercise during cold, wet winter months can be hard, but if you spend just 30 minutes a day engaged in simple physical activity, you’ll not only feel great on the inside, but you’ll start to see the rewards physically, too.

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During the winter season, when the days are shorter, many people can feel the blues, but participating in regular physical exercise increases your endorphins (the positive triggers) and actually makes you feel really good.

You don’t need to belong to a fancy gym and have the best workout clothes to get fit and feel better. It’s all about your attitude – loving life and keeping it real. Get involved in social sport (which is often indoors, a bonus during winter!) or go for runs or walks with friends.

Even if you just decide to go for a 10 minute walk, it's a start. And once you're out there it doesn't seem as daunting. Just make sure to be safe if you are going out in the dark!

Regular exercise has been proven to:

  • reduce stress
  • ward off anxiety and feelings of depression
  • boost self-esteem
  • improve sleep.

Exercise also has added health benefits! It can:

  • strengthen your heart
  • increase energy levels
  • lower blood pressure
  • improve muscle tone and strength
  • strengthen and build bones
  • help reduce body fat
  • make you look fit and healthy.

 


Published: 06 May 2019