Exercising in winter. The season of cosy nights, comfort food and slippers. Many of us choose to ditch the exercise regime in favour of winter comforts, often forgetting the benefits of exercise – which at this time of the year will help get you through the dark months.
More energy and better health
Dark mornings and nights are the ultimate reason to stop running, playing sports and stay indoors. However, exercise is one of the best ways to provide the body with more energy and the ability to combat illnesses.
Research has shown that exercise can strengthen the immune system and help fight viruses. As exercise increases the amount of blood pumped throughout the body, immune cells circulate to seek and destroy infections. Just remember, if you have a fever do not exercise.
There are limited foods which provide the all-important vitamin D and as the days become shorter, we have less exposure to the biggest vitamin D provider – the sun.
A lack of vitamin D can cause all sort of complications within the body. Including low energy levels, muscle pain and sickness.
So get out there and make the most of the cool winter sun. Meet up with friends for a friendly game of football at your local multi use games area, or go for a run in the park.
Improved mental health
Avoid being SAD this winter by playing some of your favourite sports with friends. According to YouGov around 1 in 3 people suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder – also known as the winter depression.
Increased exercise equals increased levels of serotonin in the brain helping to reduce anxiety and depression.
Manage the comfort foods
According to Women’s Health, on average a person will put 4.5 pounds on over the winter months. By exercising regularly, you can manage your weight and be less tempted to eat more. Avoiding the need for baggy clothes.
Head down to your local MUGA
Having a dedicated site to meet with friends is always a great way to get motivated. You’ll often find your local court caters for both football and basketball and you can play sports in a clean and safe environment. Some multi use games areas are floodlit so even better when its dark outside.