Effects of winter:
- You may be tempted to eat more during winter
- Having the heater cranked up makes you sleepy and less likely to move
- The colder temperature can cause your blood vessels to constrict, raising blood pressure. Additionally, blood thickens and clots more readily. All these can increase your risk of having a heart attack or a stroke.
- A US Study shows “circulatory” deaths, deaths by heart attacks, heart failure, heart disease and stroke, increased by 26 to 36% compared to summer.
- Weaker immune system
Reasons you should exercise:
- Regular moderate exercise releases endorphins, which improves mood
- Exercise warms up the body and improves circulation
- Exercise makes you feel more energetic
- Moderate exercise can strengthen the immune system
- Weight management
- Exercise can lower your risk of having a heart attack or a stroke
HEAD- You can lose up to 50% of body heat from your head. Cover it, wear layers and adequate warm clothing.
HEART- Think about your heart by avoiding extreme changes in temperature
HIPS- Think about your hips, slips and protecting your bones.
HOUSE- Aim for a warm, but not too warm, house.
If you don’t feel motivated when it’s cold, remind yourself that exercise is MORE, not less important than in the summer. KEEP EXERCISING and keep track of your weight!
Written by Bhrajna (Exercise Pysiology Student- University of Sydney)