WINTER HEALTH: Stay healthy this winter by using the cool weather to be active.
WINTER HEALTH: Stay healthy this winter by using the cool weather to be active.

Blow the winter blues away and get active

INSTEAD of hibernating as the cold weather settles in, why not use the cool of winter to get yourself active again using these warming tips.

The Cancer Council of Queensland reminds us that being active with a minimum of 30 minutes of activity every day and following a healthy diet, will help protect us from chronic diseases. And, you will feel good about yourself.

Stick to your goals

  • Revisiting your goals and planning out what you'd like to accomplish over the next few months can help you get motivated and stay accountable.
  • You might want to aim to participate in an event, set a goal to achieve a certain number of steps using a pedometer, join a senior's activity group, or even decide to take part in a Parkrun near you a certain amount of times.

Take up a winter sport or active hobby.

Whether it's an indoor pursuit, like heading to a tennis court or a heated pool, an exercise class or pilates, or playing bowls or croquet, there's nothing like committing to a new class or sports team to keep you moving.

Don't forget to warm up and cool down.

  • Start stretching and do bodyweight exercises, like jumping jacks and push ups, as soon as you get up. You'll get your heart rate going before heading out into the brisk weather and it will make it very difficult to go back to bed.
  • Stretching post-workout is crucial-but particularly in the cold-weather to keep your body safe from injury. 

Plan out wet weather options.

  • On rainy days get some hand weights or stretch bands to use at home for resistance exercise, use an online exercise video or smartphone app to stay in shape.
  • Use the steps at home for your exercise session.

Embrace the outdoors.

  • Layer up to make sure you are warm enough and head for a bike ride or go with the whole family for a hike on the weekend.
  • Breathe in the fresh air and bring along water, a hot thermos and warm, wholesome snacks to keep you going.
  • Don't forget to slop on minimum SPF 30+ broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, as sun protection is required all year round, even in the cooler months.

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