Keep active in winter

IT can be difficult to get motivated to exericise when the nights are dark and cold - but NHS Cambridgeshire is reminding people that there is no reason to hibernate.

You can still keep active all through the winter to boost your mood and help to keep you in shape.

Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health at NHS Cambridgeshire said:

“Exercise is an essential part of any healthy lifestyle, whatever the season. Adults should aim to do a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week. It is relatively easy to get your 150 minutes of weekly physical activity by doing 30 minutes exercise over a 5 day week.”

Why not choose something you enjoy and look out for classes/clubs in badminton, bowls, dancing, curling, fitness classes, five-a-side football, pilates, squash, swimming, table tennis, tai chi or yoga.

You don’t even have to stop doing outdoor activities. If you enjoy running, don’t let cold weather put you off. You could take a long walk at the weekend or go for a bike ride. Just wrap up warm and be careful if it’s wet or icy.

If you’re exercising after dark, keep to well-lit areas and wear bright and reflective clothing. Ideally, exercise with a friend, but always tell someone where you’re going. Avoid listening to music while running outdoors. Not hearing what’s going on around you can make you vulnerable.

If rain or ice is making exercise dangerous, do it another day. The weather might be better tomorrow, but an injury could take weeks to heal. If you have asthma, take extra care when exercising in winter as cold air can trigger symptoms.

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