Keep moving through the cooler months
How to stay active when the cold weather comes
When the days get shorter and the temperature drops, the motivation to exercise often takes a dip as well. But that doesn’t have to be the case.
Our Healthy Futures report shows 30 per cent of New Zealanders say they want to be more active* so here are a few tips for moving your body when that cosy duvet is calling your name.
Shift your exercise time
Heading out for a brisk walk or jog at the beginning or end of the day can feel difficult when it’s dark and cold out, so shift that exercise to the middle of the day.
Using your lunchbreak to get some outdoor exercise in will also bring a bonus blast of fresh air and sunlight to blow out the cobwebs. Sunlight helps your body produce Vitamin D which your body uses to help absorb calcium, one of the main building blocks for strong bones. Vitamin D also regulates inflammation and immune function which is just the ticket to reduce the effect of colds and flu.
One of the easiest ways to get around terrible weather for exercising is to find somewhere indoors to work out instead. Try joining a local fitness centre or gym or head to the nearest indoor heated pool to swim some laps. Or simply scout around online to find a workout you can do at home. There’s no shortage of free inspiration on the Internet, with everything from daily 7 minute weights-free workouts to Pilates and cardio exercises.
Find an exercise buddy (or two)
Sometimes it’s easier to find the motivation to exercise when other people are involved. Arrange a regular time to meet with a friend to go for that walk or run. Sign up for an indoor social sport or consider taking a weekly class like yoga – the interaction and connection with others is also good for mental wellbeing through the winter months.