When the weather turns cold, we tend to go into hibernation mode with many of us finding it difficult to stay motivated to exercise. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean we need to stay indoors or stop moving. Exercising in the winter has some surprising benefits.
Beating the “winter blues”, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD)1 happens due to shorter days – our bodies and minds are not getting enough light and endorphins. Exercise can help boost the mood at any time of year, but it has a particularly profound effect during winter, sending those all-important feel-good hormones soaring and keeping the winter blues at bay.
Getting outdoors in the fresh air in cold weather can also help replenish vitamin D levels in the skin and a change of season means we might get the opportunity to try activities never experienced before such as cold water swimming or if the location and whether conditions permit, skiing. But there’s nothing quite like wading through fallen leaves or hearing the crisp crunch of snow beneath our feet.
Whichever outdoor activity we choose, it is important to plan ahead. This means, it’s time to layer up with appropriate clothing. Putting on layers helps trap and keep in the warm air for longer. Nikken’s Thermowear® Golf Socks aren’t just good for the golf course; due to their integrated ceramic fibres, which create warmth, they are also ideal for winter footwear.
Taking the stairs is a good way to fit in exercise. The more we often we walk upstairs, the easier it gets and the better we will feel. Walking up steps will soon work up fitness levels. A good supporting insole in shoes can help. Kenko mStrides® and mSteps® insoles can offer support along with a dynamic energy flow due the integrated DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology (U.S. Patent No. 9,265,966), helping our sporting winter adventures.
Another easy way, without even thinking about it too much, is as simple as parking further away from the supermarket entrance. This way, you have to walk further to do your food shopping. It’s easy and you’ll barely notice the difference.
If circumstances don’t permit us to go outdoors, then there are plenty of things to do inside the house i.e. house chores. It’s time to get hovering, dusting and cleaning. Not only will the house get tidy but the whole body will move around during the process. By playing some music in the background, these activities can be fun too!
Whether we are having to stay indoors or are able to get outside this winter, there are plenty of ways to keep fit and healthy along our Active Wellness quest.
The Nikken Gift Guide is now available and packed full of seasonal offers including the Nikken Socks and Insoles, and other winter wellness gifts ideas for you and your loved ones!
2nd December 2020