Keep Active This Winter

It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s often windy and the daylight hours are scarce. This combination of events generally gives everyone a serious case of the can’t-be-bothered’s. 

We barricade ourselves away from the elements, we sleep in, we neglect exercise and opt instead for long nights at home on the couch. This can be a tough routine be shake and often requires a huge amount of mental willpower.

I say we, because I feel it too. But I’m telling you, Stick at it!

Here’s why.

Strength and Conditioning

Bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments all love routine and all like to be used to maintain their strength.

A lack of Vitamin D and bone stress from a reduction in outside activity, leaves us prone to bone related injuries. Particularly if you are a post-menopausal woman, you’re at much higher risk of osteoporosis and osteopenia.

If we return to activity in the spring time, but our bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments are weak from the winter, we are at greater risk of developing bone stress injuries, tendinopathies and muscular aches and pains.

By maintaining our exercise, stressing our bodies a little through gentle activity, and getting outside when weather permits, we combat against the deterioration of our strength and conditioning.

Happy Hormones

When we exercise, our body releases a number of hormones that give is energy and make us happy.

With a lack of exercise and regular release of these happy hormones, the black dog can rear its ugly head in the form of depression and anxiety.

A great way to stimulate these happy hormones is to grab a friend, join your partner or involve yourself in a community group, and Exercise!! 

Weight and Glycaemic Control

Most of us should understand the impact of a lack of exercise on our weight. Exercise is an essential ingredient in maintaining and losing weight.

Because our feet carry our entire weight on them each step, any increase in weight leaves us at greater risk of foot and ankle injuries.

For those of you who are diabetic, regular exercise also helps to maintain good glycaemic control, helping to stabilise and minimise the effects of your diabetes.

The effect on your feet isn’t so obvious. Put simply, if your diabetes is poorly controlled, you increase the chance of diabetic complications such as numb feet and poor blood supply.

If any of the initial comments resonated with you and you’re struggling to get active this winter, do yourself a favour and make some changes.

  • Check the weather and plan your exercise around the breaks in cold and inclement weather. 
  • Make a pact; gather friends and family and commit to a planned and regular exercise routine.
  • Head inside out of the elements and join a gym.

So, get in shape for your next birthday.

“Water moves; it is at it’s best when it flows fresh and doesn’t stagnate. The body you move through life in needs a bit of daily maintenance to keep it running for a long time”. 

 

Here’s a suggestion

Duke’s Over 50

Located next to Pivotal Podiatry and Medical One, our friends at Duke’s Health & Fitness Club offer a safe and fun place for over 50’s to keep strong and stay fit so you can enjoy life to its absolute fullest.

Duke’s includes a large main room with extensive equipment at your disposal including their state of the art HUR equipment from Finland made specifically for the over 50’s.

They have a large class room with a range of tailored classes, treatment rooms with nutritionists and remedial massage therapists. In addition are the essentials, a shower, separate male and female change rooms, toilets and a disabled bathroom.

After all that hard work, they have a very plush lounge area for all their members to socialise in whilst enjoying complimentary tea, coffee and healthy snacks.

All in all, I believe it is a great environment for a winter exercise program and would offer great support if you’re struggling a little to maintain your activity levels.

You can learn more about them here

And now a short story.

Two strangers are sitting at a pub, enjoying a beer and both watching the Football on TV. 

One man strikes up a conversation, “So mate, who do you support”.

The other man replies, “I support my legs, and they support me”.

Both men snicker, sip their beer and continue staring blankly and the TV.

Moral of the story… Support your feet so they can support you.

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