Continuing with your healthy routine can be hard as the winter months roll in. Our self storage Mitcham UK will help.
For many of us exercising, eating lots of fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water is super easy in the summer months. It’s lovely and warm (or warm enough at least!) so a glass of water is refreshing and delicious. You can grow your own vegetables in your garden or allotment, bringing ease to your cooking. And hopping out of bed and into your workout gear is a doddle when it is light and bright at 7am.
But then winter arrives and it all becomes so hard. Drinking water just makes you cold. A fresh salad holds much less appeal than some cheese on toast. And getting out of bed becomes so much harder when it is the cold and dark which will greet you.
Keeping going with your healthy routine holds a lot of benefits. Here we will talk about those benefits, give you some tips to keep going in winter and let you know how our self storage Mitcham UK will be able to help.
The benefits of keeping your healthy routine in winter
Keeping active in winter has many more benefits that we can imagine such as:
It gives a boost to your immune system
It is well known that regular exercise boosts your immune system but exercising in the winter months can supercharge it. Being cold and shivering before you exercise increases the response of the norepinephrine in your body. Norepinephrine is a neurotransmitter which is released by the adrenal gland, creating the fight-or-flight response, helping the body brace itself for an attack. And, as it has now been discovered, boost your immune system when you exercise in the cold.
Helps alleviate SAD symptoms
SAD stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder and, whether you have heard the term or not, it is something that affects a great deal of people in the colder months. SAD is a type of depression which affects people during certain seasons. Although it can occur in people during the summer, it is often more severe in the autumn and winter months. The ‘winter blues’, as it is often referred to, is thought to affect over 2 million people in the UK.
Keeping active in winter helps to alleviate the symptoms of SAD because it increases mood-boosting endorphins. If you exercise outdoors it will help even more as you will increase your vitamin D levels. You can manage your SAD symptoms by exercising for 30-60 minutes and getting outside in the light for 20 minutes each day.
Helps you stay hydrated
When it is cold, many of us struggle to drink as much water as our bodies need. Exercising will warm you up, making drinking water and staying hydrated that much easier.
How to stay active this winter
Staying active can be much easier if you try to make some small adjustments to how you work out.
Make the most of the light hours
If you enjoy working out outdoors, it is a really good idea to make the most of the times of day when it is the most light. This could mean going for a run on your lunch break instead of first thing in the morning because it will be much lighter at midday than it will be at 7am. This will help you to get your exercise in and increase your vitamin D.
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Wearing the right clothing is paramount when it comes to working out outside in the winter months. No matter whether it’s warm or cold, whilst exercising you will sweat and being wet or damp is the quickest way to lose body heat. We do not want this in winter.
It is important that you have workout gear made out of fabric which dries quickly such as polyester or nylon. Make sure to have plenty of layers on and don’t forget gloves and a hat. These can be removed as you get warmer or put back on as you cool down.
Also, if you can’t work out when it’s light out, it is important that you wear bright and/or reflective workout gear. This will keep you visible and safe.
If you now realise that you need to go out and buy some more workout clothes, our self storage Mitcham UK can help you to make room for these new items.
Find a workout buddy
Working out with someone else will up the safety even more and it will help you to stay motivated and accountable.
Try home workouts – Our self storage Mitcham UK will help
If the cold weather is making working out outside a complete no-go area, you could try home workouts. There are many options available to try such as yoga or HIIT workouts and you can find many workout videos on YouTube.
If working out from home sounds really good for you but you don’t have the space, our self storage Mitcham UK will help. You will need to have a sort out and declutter but any items that you don’t want to completely part with can be brought to one of our storage units. We will keep your belongings safe and sound and you will have all the space you need to workout.
Set yourself some goals
Staying motivated in winter is hard but having a goal in mind can really help you to stay on track. You may want to go for something big like signing up for 10K in the summer or you can go for smaller goals like wanting to increase the amount of push-ups you can do by the end of the month.
Stay healthy this winter with the help of our self storage Mitcham UK
Ultimately, staying healthy and active in winter is going to come down to willpower. You will have to really push yourself to do it but with so many benefits, it will be worth it.
And our self storage Mitcham UK is here to help make it easier for you, providing you with a safe storage unit to store your belongings so you can have the space to work out from the comfort of your own home.
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