How to Ensure You Keep Fit in Winter
In that 3-month period from June to August, when the evenings and mornings are dull and the chilly air prompts us to reach for a jersey, it can be so much easier to load up on our favourite carbs and join the ranks of the couch potatoes, than to go for the daily jog around the park or pop into the gym. In doing so, however, we overlook the fact that it is just as important to keep fit in winter as it is during the warmer months. Fitness is not only about looking good; it is also about ensuring that your body is able to cope with the demands made upon it by your lifestyle.
A good starting point is to rely on warm clothes to defeat the chill and not on overly large helpings of carbohydrate-rich foods. Far more is likely to be deposited as fat than consumed to produce energy, unless you are also prepared to increase your physical activity. One quite simple option that can actually be an excellent way for you to remain fit during the winter months is gardening. Even though Mother Nature may appear to be taking a break, the dry, chilly weather offers the perfect opportunity to dig some new beds, ready for planting a bit later, or to lay a new path. This way, you can get some valuable exercise and warm up by burning off a few extra calories whilst also being productive.
During these chilly months, basic fitness can reasonably be given precedence over strength training, which means that there are plenty of ways to exercise indoors. For instance, instead of watching Netflix movies, you could use your TV more productively by following one of the many fitness movies available on YouTube. Dancing along to a Zumba video, for example, could be a really great way for the whole family to maintain their fitness together. Furthermore, exercising together can also offer a much healthier and fun alternative to the sedentary hours that far too many children spend on social media.