Winter Is Coming - Top Exercise Tips
After Thanksgiving weekend, it feels as if we’re well and truly moving into the cold, dark winter.
When the clocks go back, mornings get darker, the sun starts to set around 5 pm and the temperature begins to drop.
And, if you are going for a walk or a run, and it’s cold, windy, or snowing even, then it’s harder to make those first steps out of the front door.
But once you are out then it’s easier – and just think how GOOD you will feel when you are done and back home!
Winter is when it can be too easy to give in and lose our regular exercise habits. It can be tough to find the will to get out in the morning or find the motivation to put on your shoes when it’s dark and cold outside.
How do we find the will to keep exercising through the cold months?
Did you set yourself a goal at new year to get fitter, or be more active, but the cold weather and darker mornings and evenings are putting you off?
Here are our tips for keeping your routine and exercise going this winter:
Dress the Part
Growing up in northern Canada, I can tell you, no matter the brutal cold – children still had to go to school.
And as a boy, I knew my paper route wasn’t going to deliver itself.
So, my mom made sure we had the right clothing. It’s never “too cold”, it’s poor clothing choices.
A good winter jacket, proper gloves, and winter hat (back home we called it a toque) and even good long johns will help the Ohio winter at bay.
Find an Exercise Buddy
Even if we feel like procrastinating, the will to not let your workout partner down can be enough motivation to get you out the door.
So, find someone who will keep you company in the dark.
Warm Up Indoors BEFORE Stepping Out
Get your body warm and your blood circulating before you head out the door.
Dynamic stretches (leg swings) and warm up drills (jogging on the spot) will make it easier to handle to cold weather.
Set Up an Exercise Calendar in Your Phone
Mark down your exercise days so you have a visual reminder to get out there. Setting an achievable winter goal can help you stay on track – and think of how good it will be to be feeling good when you are running in the spring!
Change it Up
Sometimes we just get bored of doing the same exercise all the time. Run or walk different routes – you don’t ALWAYS have to do the same thing or the same route.
Exercise at Home
You can get a good workout at home by just using your body weight, kettlebells, or any free weights you might have around the house.
There are a lot of free exercise programs online that need no equipment. Make sure you find the right one for you.
Keep Yourself Motivated by Remembering Why Exercise is Good for You!
Don’t forget – exercising when it’s cold can help increase your blood flow and burn more energy and fat stores as it takes more work to keep the body warm.
Remember to always warm up and cool down to avoid injury and to rest when you need to – NEVER over-exert yourself.
And remember: ENJOY IT!
What if I’m in pain and can’t exercise the way I want?
If you want to fix your imbalances, you should consider asking for some help from an expert.
So many of our patients initially put off getting treatment as they believe the pain will ‘go away with time’, but then they come to us 6 months down the line with a problem which is much worse.
Many of our patients have found that since lockdown they’ve been suffering from more aches and pains than they did before, this is because we all stayed at home either working or spending our days in front of the television.
What Else Can I Do?
You’ve made a great first step by reading this blog post!
It’s unfortunate - We have just seen so many people over the years put off getting help - thinking that their pain will ‘just go away in time’
,,, but then 6 months down the line they’re still in pain, but with one difference… their pain has actually got worse.
Expert advice, exercises, and hands-on treatment provided by a 24 year professional can help improve your pain, as well as improve posture and strengthen weakened muscles and fixing your imbalances – can help to very quickly relieve your neck or back pain.
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