Staying Active in Winter: How Important Is It?
Posted by Claudz on 21st Jan 2020
Winter is here! This season can be very exciting. There are many activities, events, and parties lined up. We get distracted by all of the events during winter that we forget to focus on our health and fitness as we would during the warmer months.
As we experience shorter days and colder weather, the tendency to drift back and be comfortable inside our homes slowly takes a toll on us, and we find it difficult to stay fit and healthy because we lack the motivation to do so as we just want to snuggle on the couch and binge watch our favorite show while snacking. There are instances where some people feel what is called "seasonal depression", and they go into hibernation, shun away from the crowd, and just stay home. They don't even do the workouts that they're used to doing during the warmer months. Well, that can affect your overall physical and mental state, right?
Beat the Winter "Blues"
In spite of all the exciting events happening during this season, we should still center our focus on staying active during the cold months. It's very important to continue doing our regular workouts even if you lack the motivation to do so. Regular exercise helps maintain our body's homeostasis and reduce the risk of serious diseases.
It's not easy, but when proper discipline and the right mindset, you'll be able to overcome your "winter" depression. Remember, our brain releases serotonin and dopamine, the feel-good chemicals, after a good workout. These "happy hormones" can help reduce depression and anxiety and will make you feel good throughout the day.
Try to do your workout routine for at least 30 minutes each day and you will feel a huge difference. In addition to that, maintain proper diet even though there are many temptations regarding food choices due to holiday events and parties.
Working out can sometimes be difficult during this time especially when you plan to go to the gym but end up backing out because it's cozier to stay at home and keep warm. You don't have to worry about that. There are so many ways to keep yourself fit and warm without going to the gym because you can just do a home workout using the right equipment.
Back in the Sun
While sunshine is very abundant during the warmer months, getting enough sunlight during winter is really tough for many people. Try to expose yourself and let the sun smile at you for a few minutes. The vitamins we get from the sun, like Vitamin D, helps make our bones and our immune system strong. Because of this, our brain and body exudes a lot of positive vibes and prevents hypertension, cancer, and a lot more.
These are just some ways and reasons why staying active during winter is important. While winter can be very challenging for most of us, with the right mindset and determination, it's not that hard to continue your workout routines. We, at Myosource, can help you stay fit and healthy no matter the season.