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5 Reasons Not To Skip The Gym in Winter

  • Date: 26/11/2019
  • By: John Rodgers

Winter is here and it’s starting to get cold and when it’s cold it’s really hard to stay motivated about your health and fitness!!We tend to take on a “Snuggle up” mentality, we eat more and we do less – human hibernation! But we are not bears, we don’t need layers and layers of fat. And for this reason whilst our overindulgence feels good it also feeds negativity, too much chocolate, too many roast potatoes… the need for a baggier top, the avoidance of the mirror it can be a 12 week spiral and then we hate our spring bodies!Winter brings the cold, illness, the blues and isolation.So consider the following reasons to make the effort to still exercise during winter.

1. STAY HEALTHY

Research has shown time and again that regular exercise strengthens your immune system so it can fight off bacterial and viral infections. This becomes particularly important in winter when colds and flu rear their ugly heads.When you exercise and get your blood pumping, immune cells circulate through your body more quickly helping them seek and destroy infections. But this boost only lasts for a few hours, so exercise needs to be regular for long-term effects. Why not get in touch to see which one of our many option might help you.(www.effectivefitnesshessle.co.uk/contact-us/)

2. BEAT THE WINTER BLUES

Whether it’s the usual winter blues or the more serious SAD (seasonal affective disorder) putting a gloom over the colder months. A daily workout releases feel-good, de-stress brain chemicals, gives you a break from the daily grind and helps ease depression. Plus, if you combine exercise with the great outdoors you can cheer yourself up even more!We know that after exercise, the brain releases the “feel-good” chemicals serotonin and dopamine, which can help to reduce anxiety and depression while boosting wellbeing,”45 minutes in the day could change your whole outlook on winter!!

3. KEEP WARM

Save electricity and an expanding waistline by heating your body up naturally with a workout. The rise in your body temperature, during a work out, has a soothing, calming effect on your body, not unlike a long soak in a warm bath or lying in front of the heater.Yes, its cold when you first step outside, but if you layer up and get moving you will be hot within no time at all! And we mean HOT!

4. TAKE A DEEP BREATH

Being cooped up with nothing but heaters to keep the air moving means fresh air is much harder to come by in winter! Generally, the air outside is healthier then that inside so going for a walk or run outside gives your lungs a chance to detox and breathe deeply without concern for breathing in other people’s bugs (at home or from the office!)

5. AVOID WINTER WEIGHT GAIN

In the colder months it is so easy to turn to comfort food, because its so satisfying and it makes us feel good, well for a little anyway, and then we feel guilty. Its so easy to become a hibernating bear! No wonder it’s known as the ‘winter weight gain’ period. The average person puts on up to 4 kg! The only way to make up for those added treats is to increase the amount of exercise you’re doing. Try and balance your energy in and energy out then the shredding of clothes in spring won’t be such a shock!I hope i have inspired you not to give up during the winter months. Getting up and out and moving with Effective Fitness Hessle is easy. We are always here to help, have option to suit everyone’s circumstances and we always have fun. So if you are looking for a bit of motivation and help to push you on in these winter weeks, then drop us a message on the Live Chat at the bottom right and say goodbye to the hibernating bear!!!

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