As winter arrives and the temperature drops, you and your family might be feeling the urge to “hibernate”, curled up on the couch in front of the TV with a cosy blanket. But it doesn’t have to be that way – 10 May is Global Move for Health Day, a great reason to get active despite the wintry weather!
Make the time to get moving during the colder months, with some great “Winter Warmer” activities. Plan a family hike, visit an indoor trampoline park for heart-pumping fun, or enjoy a dip in the heated pool at your local gym.
Benefits of Regular Physical Activity
The World Health Organisation recommends that adults do an accumulated 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity throughout the week. This will help your physical, mental and emotional wellness.
Regular physical activity helps to:
- Manage your weight
- Strengthen your bones
- Improve sleep quality
- Boost your immune system
- Reduce your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure & cancers
- Reduce your risk of depression
- Easy Winter Exercise Tips
Here are a few smart tips to help you “Move More” this winter:
INCREASE YOUR STEP COUNT
We’re supposed to take an average of around 10,000 steps a day! It sounds like a lot, but you can incorporate more steps into your day with more physical activity. Something as simple as taking the stairs instead of the lift can boost your daily step count. Keeping a pedometer or step counter app handy will help you to keep track.
Join in some winter team sports with your family, or grab an exercise buddy and take them along – this is a great way to make new friends. Try netball, soccer, squash or indoor cricket. It’s harder to skip out on a session if you know you have teammates depending on you to show up!
EXERCISE AT HOME
If you really don’t feel up to braving the icy weather, there are so many ways to increase your physical activity in the comfort (and warmth) of your own living room. Try a fitness tutorial on YouTube – there are loads of options online, from yoga and Pilates to simple toning or aerobic exercises.
WATCH YOUR DIET
During the winter months, we all feel an increased desire to eat. The good news is, regular physical activity not only helps you to burn off the extra kilojoules, it improves your immune system and makes you less likely to catch a nasty winter cold or ‘flu bug. Smarter eating and increased physical activity go hand in hand, helping to keep you and your family fighting-fit during ‘flu season.
Make a commitment to moving more and eating smarter, starting from this Global Move for Health Day, and enjoy a fun-filled, active winter season!