Stay fit to keep healthy and beat those winter lockdown blues

It’s getting colder, the nights are drawing in and the end of lockdown doesn’t seem to be coming any time soon.

It’s easy to feel concerned about staying fit over winter, but since medical experts emphasise the countless benefits of exercise for our mind and immune system, it’s vital that we stay active.

So, what are the best ways to stay fit over winter? 

Sneak in a run when you can 

If you have an hour’s lunch break, you have time to squeeze in a quick 30-minute run. If a midday run isn’t for you, get up that little bit earlier and start your day with some exercise.  

It may be difficult to motivate yourself at first, but once you make it part of your routine, you’ll feel your mood and energy levels come on leaps and bounds.  

Download an activity-tracking app 

Using apps like Nike Run Club or Strava will help you keep track of your exercise and will incentivise you to clock up those miles. If your friends have them, you can set each other weekly challenges. Who can run 50km first?  

Watch YouTube workout videos 

YouTube videos are a fantastic way to stay fit when you can’t bear the cold outside. Most videos are apartment-friendly, and don’t require any specialist equipment. There are lots of great workout coaches putting out videos, but the crown must go to Joe Wicks.  

If you somehow grow tired of Joe Wick’s relentless optimism, check out MadFit or Heather Robertson, who are sure to get your body moving.  

Buy some resistance bands 

Dumbbells are old-fashioned: 2020 is the year of the resistance band. These budget bands of rubber are perfect for adding a bit more spice to your workout. Add them to anything from squats to lunges, crunches to curls, and they will increase the intensity, helping you get more from your workout. 

Good luck and happy working-out!

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