Winter motivation – why it’s good to still be exercising
Winter can feel like a long three months where we want to stay inside cuddled up on the couch with a fluffy blanket and a nice cup of tea, binge watching our favourite TV show. When we do have to step outside, the sun is often hiding. It's cold and this winter in Canberra seems to be either wet, windy, or a lovely, icy combination of both.
Exercise and keeping active in the winter months can bring a lot of benefits, if we are motivated enough to turn off that TV and step out from the blanket. So, here are a few tips and tricks to help give you the motivation you need to stay active this winter.
1. Vitamin D is outside
Vitamin D is often under-rated but has so many great benefits. The way the body gets it naturally is through time in the sun. Some hidden benefits we get from heading outside and soaking up that vitamin D include:
Absorbs calcium and phosphorus which is important for bone and teeth strength,
Reduced the likelihood of severe illnesses, which is especially good with all those nasties making its way through Canberra currently,
Regulates our mood and decreases the risk of depression.
2. Endorphins are at your fingertips
Released from your brain endorphins are a type of neurotransmitter which acts as messengers in your body which aid in reducing pain and stress. During exercise the body will release these endorphins, and this helps with:
Reducing the symptoms of depression and sadness,
Increasing endorphin levels have been shown to decrease the feeling and sensation of stress and anxiety,
Improves confidence and self-esteem
3. Injury prevention
When we don’t exercise or enjoy the outdoors in the winter months it conditions the body to be stationary. Our muscles become tight, reduce strength, endurance and power. Our tendons that connect muscle to bone are healthy when we have appropriate load going through them all year round.
Keeping active reduces overuse injury on return to summer activities,