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EXERCISE IN WINTER

As the temperature drops, people find it harder to get out of bed early or stick to an exercise routine. But the season is really no reason to stop benefitting from exercise. In fact most people who exercise regularly, irrespective of the weather, are stronger, fitter and less likely to suffer from seasonal allergies and bacterial and viral infections. Below I have listed a few reasons that may encourage you to step up and stay on the exercise route.

  • Vitamin D is called the sunshine vitamin and the easiest source is from exposure of bare skin to sunlight. Luckily for us, despite the drop in temperatures, we get beautiful warm sunshine most days. Instead of sitting around in the sun, try and get some exercise in out in the open. It’s important to get Vitamin D for calcium absorption for strong bones and a strong immune system. Vitamin D is also known to prevent high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer.
  • Exercise is the best way to increase your body temperature and stay warm and invigorated. Instead of curling up in front of the heater at the start of the day, get active and exercise and enjoy the benefits through the day. With exercise, you get your blood pumping and enhance your immunity as well.
  • Only as little as ten minutes of exercise can boost your wellbeing, keep away the winter blues and prevent sickness. Exercise is also known to reduce anxiety and depression, and make you feel good.
  • For outdoor exercise, the right clothing is important. Layering up is a good way to dress for your workout in fabrics that breathe and dry quickly.
  • Keep the motivation by training with a friend or doing something new you love.
  • Remember during winters, in addition to staying active and working out regularly, it’s also important to have a well balanced nutritious diet, enjoy rest days, have a weekly massage, meditate and of course embrace the weather.

Sandesh Palungwa Limbu is a certified professional fitness instructor, founder of RAGE Fitness, and also specialises in mixed martial arts. For answers to your fitness queries, write to him at ragefitness@live.com