Have you considered trying a new sport or joining a local gym to boost your mental and physical wellbeing during Winter?
We typically get less steps in during the winter and many summer activities such as golf, walks, and sea swims are more difficult to do, research shows.
Did you know that to stay fit and healthy, it's recommended by the NHS that you get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week, or around 20 to 30 minutes a day.
There are so many ways you can become more active, whether you want to work out in the gym or at home whatever your level of physical ability, it’s important to move in a way that works for you and to create healthy habits in winter that can help us to remain active.
Exercising doesn’t have to be strenuous; you can organise catch-ups with friends where you go for a walk or walking your children to school can form part of your exercise routine.
Make your exercise something that you enjoy, as it will help you to continue the habit and stop it from becoming a chore.
Our physical and mental health get talked about as two separate parts, even though they are both connected. According to a 2012 study, nearly one in three people with a chronic physical health condition also have a mental health issue, such as depression or anxiety.
Exercise makes your body release endorphins, which help to alleviate pain and promote feelings of pleasure.
If you find yourself at home more in winter, particularly in the evenings and you want to keep busy, why not come to a class that you haven’t tried before? All Active classes are free for members, and non-members can come along too, simply call 01534 449888 to book.
Local charities are always looking for volunteers, whatever your skillset, or however much time you can spare, there will be an organisation who needs your help. You can register with Volunteer.je and start applying for volunteer roles.
Or if you don’t want to leave the comfort of home, there are apps out there that can help you to exercise, including MoveAnywhere, which is free for Active members on our Active app.
Being more active can help to improve your sleep, clear your mind, boost your energy, and help with back or joint pain. It can also help to reduce your risk for developing certain diseases such as heart disease, Dementia, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and some cancers.
Learning new skills and being more active can boost our positive feelings, improving our mental health.
Most importantly, don’t put too much pressure on yourself throughout winter, make sure you move your body and spend time outside, but don’t make yourself stressed!