Why its so important to exercise in winter

Winter might be the time of year when all you want to do is snuggle up indoors, in-front of the fire and drink hot chocolate, but it’s actually during winter that getting active and doing exercise is even more important.

Here’s my Top SEVEN reasons why you MUST maintain a regular exercise routine throughout winter. Stay motivated to push through the winter season and be sure that you can fit into that little black dress just in time for the Christmas party.

Pull out this list when you need some extra motivation to get outside and do some exercise.


1. To Boost Your Immune System

Physical activity will help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways. This may reduce your chance of getting a cold, and the flu. People who exercise regularly are 50% less likely to call in sick to work. A regular exercise program reduces your chances of getting colds and the flu.

Seriously, do you have time to get sick this winter? If you are like me and have to stay on your A-GAME all year round, regular exercise will help you avoid a trip to the doctor’s surgery with every other sick person coughing up a storm!


 2.  Avoid Winter Weight Gain

When people think of winter they think of red wine, cheese, hot chocolate, warm soups and a crackling fire. It can be harder to resist unhealthy temptation in the cold and the only way to make up for that is to increase the amount of exercise you’re doing.

Exercise firms your body, improves posture, burning fat, preventing future fat storage and even makes your skin glow. If you want to be looking your best ALL YEAR ROUND regular exercise is the answer, just because its winter it doesn’t mean you need to stop exercising. Don’t give in to a fluctuating body size based on the season.


3. To Have More Energy and Sleep Better

Anyone who exercises regularly will tell you that they have more energy. In winter when the mornings are darker and it’s harder to surface from your bed, but by having that extra energy boost will help you get up and be ready for the day fresher ahead. Not only do you have more energy during the day, exercise also helps you sleep a lot better at night.

4. Reduce Aches and Pains and Slow the Aging Process.

Long hours sitting at a work desk can put pressure on your back and cause muscle wastage due to inactivity.  Maintaining your workout schedule during winter will help avoid back pain and keep the core muscles strong. By strengthening muscles in your back and core, you’re able to use exercise to reduce joint/back pain and overall aches.

Exercise is one of the most effective ways to fight aging. When you age your body loses muscle and bone density, while the loss of both are drastically reduced with regular exercise.

5. To Ease Depression and Improve Mental Health

It’s called Winter Blues for a reason – shorter days, colder mornings and people dropping like flies with the flu, it’s easy for depression to creep in.  However, exercise has depression been proven to reduce


6. To Enjoy Your Lifestyle

Whatever it is that you love in life – your kids, travel, sports, fashion – it is all more enjoyable when experienced in a fit and healthy body. Exercise so that you are able to enjoy all the great things in life and honestly there is nothing better than going for a weekend hike on a sunny winter’s day, but you’ll need your fitness to reach the top!


7. Boost Confidence

Being fit, feeling healthy and having energy are all building blocks to having great confidence. There is no better confidence booster than sticking with a regular exercise program.


Step up your fitness and train with Amy Knipe in Clapham this winter.

As you can see exercise isn’t just a summer thing.  To maintain your energy levels, improve your immune system and safeguard yourself from depression this winter a strong exercise routine is a MUST.

Your personal trainer Amy Knipe, can help you stay fit and healthy during these winter months.

Give me a call or drop me an email and let’s arrange a training session. I promise you, you won’t regret it.




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