Keeping a regular exercise routine throughout the winter can help prevent early season sports injuries when you start hill walking, fell running or playing golf again in the spring. It can also minimize your risk of catching the cold and flu, as well as prevent weight gain and seasonal depression. Often people let busy work schedules, the darkness or the drop in temperatures get in the way of their workout. Here are few tips for staying motivated and fit throughout the winter.
1. Try something new. You may not feel like putting on your running shoes in low temperatures or pouring rain, so why not try a new indoor activity? Try Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Metafit, swimming or weight training or anything else that takes your fancy. Just have fun with it. Switching to a new workout routine will ramp up your calorie burn and help you develop new muscles to make you stronger.
2. Bring a friend. When you’re able to chat with a workout partner and catch up on each other’s lives as you exercise, the time will fly by and become an occasion to which you can look forward. Some studies show that women who workout with a friend or in an exercise class work, harder and therefore burn more calories per a session than women who exercise alone. Women who bring along a friend also tend to work out more often and for longer. And you’ll be less likely to cancel because you feel tired after a long, busy day If your workout partner is counting on you to be there for an exercise session.
3. Be more active during your day. There are lots of little ways to be more active throughout the day and it all adds up. Sometimes investing in a Nike fuelband or a Fitbit bracelet to track your activity level can be a great motivational tool. Try walking around the office while you’re on the phone; take the stairs instead of the lift, walk over to a co-worker’s desk instead of just sending an email and park further away from your destination.
4. Turn your TV time into core workout. Yes, you can watch Eastenders or your favourite cooking program while holding a 60-second plank or doing other back strengthening exercises. Talk to your chiropractor for ideas about a simple and effective core muscle program.
5. Pack your own lunch. Preparing your own lunches at home will allow you to control the portions and make healthy choices. The combination of protein and fibre from whole grains, beans, nuts, vegetables and/or fruit will give you the most satisfying and nutritious combination of foods that will keep you feeling full until dinner. And it will save money as well!
6. Chiropractic. Whether you’re an athlete or an exercise newbie, your chiropractor can help you with advice on how to avoid sprain/strains injuries that are all too common when you first start working out or when changing your workout regime. Chiropractic care has been proven to be effective at treating back pain, neck pain and other musculoskeletal issues. Spinal manipulation has also been found to be a very effective treatment for lower back pain in athletes. Research also suggests that chiropractic adjustments have the potential to improve the athletic performance of football players, rugby players, golfers, etc., by restoring pain-free movement.