Benefits of staying active over winter

During these colder months, you may be tempted to over indulge with so many Christmas parties, and dinners coming from every angle, but if you keep up your lean regime you won’t have to worry about the dreaded Christmas food baby. Continuing to exercise will allow you to manage your weight and keep your body in shape whilst burning all the extra Christmas calories- although you may have to work a little harder. Upclothing has a solution.

The colder months can make it easier to turn to comfort food, with the average person putting on up to 4kg over the season. Getting ahead of the game with your exercise regime can help counteract the calories and restore balance, whilst also saving your electricity bill. Rising your body temperature when training, can have a surprisingly soothing and calming effect on your body. So why not get out and heat your body up naturally with a good workout and become your own heater.

It’s no secret that exercise can make you feel more energetic, but this is essential during the dark nights and mornings to keep you going. Keeping up your routine over winter can boost your motivation to get up and out of that warm bed each morning and fight the cold weather.

But there’s another cold you’ll be fighting. There is research that supports moderate exercise in strengthening the immune system, and so reducing the risk of coughs and colds. So, you can benefit by boosting your body’s defences in more ways than one.

When exercising, you get your blood pumping, helping immune cells to circulate through your body way faster than usual circulation. This helps the immune cells to seek and destroy infections. But there’s a catch, this boost only lasts for a few hours. Exercise has to be regular for long-term effects, which is why a solid routine is necessary in boosting your health in more ways than one. When you start dropping the weight you want to look good in fitness clothing, so make sure you pick the right type.

Many people can also find themselves struggling with the shorter days, finding the darkness to affect their mood, giving them the ‘winter blues’. If the dark mornings and early night are affecting your mood, being active could greatly improve your sense of wellbeing. This is because getting out and exercising helps you to absorb vitamin D, which comes from sunlight.

In summer it is easy to get exposure to vitamin D, 10-15 minutes can provide you with enough, but in winter sunshine is rare, more so if you stay indoors. It’s of your interest to get outside as much as you can, as many people can suffer from vitamin D deficiency during this time of year. Vitamin D supports strong bones, your immune system, and of course it boosts your mood.

SAD (seasonal affective disorder) can cast a shadow over the colder months, but a daily workout releases endorphins. Adding to the vitamin D positivity, endorphins and chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine, are released from the brain helping your brain to de-stress, whilst reducing depression and anxiety.

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