WINTER WARMING – it’s more beneficial to exercise than to hibernate!

Jun 27, 2022   //   Articles, Blog, General Updates

Ice doesn’t stop these ladies in Harbin, China. – Winter is here and the mornings are colder ~ and when it’s colder, for many people, it’s tough to stay motivated about health and fitness!! Many take on a “winter hibernation” mentality, we eat more, and we do less! But we are not bears; we don’t need layers of fat or endless inactivity. Winter can bring cold mornings; sometimes, these produce the nicest days. Keep active but avoid strain, more illnesses, the blues and isolation with Tai Chi and Qigong.

Why ‘move it’?

Exercise in winter can provide more benefits than exercise during the rest of the year because it specifically answers our winter body needs. Here are some great reasons to keep (or start) moving when the temperature drops.

1. The sun is gentler

There’s a reason it’s called the sunshine vitamin. While there are a limited number of foods that can provide your body with vitamin D, the easiest source is from exposure of bare skin to sunlight.

In winter, sunshine can be harder to come by, especially if you are snuggled up indoors. So that’s why it’s VERY important to get outside and get moving and smile at the sun!

Sunshine helps make our bones strong and helps to keeps our immune systems strong. It can also boost your mood.

The ancient Daoist Monks practised exposure to the sun as part of their healthy aging regimen. They believed the early morning sun rays just after sunrise were the most beneficial, especially to shine on the eyelids. This is easier in winter, with the later sunrise and feels good too on a cool morning. Interestingly, they (men and women) carried umbrellas to protect themselves from the strong sunlight in the middle of the day.

2. Warm up from the inside out

Save electricity by warming your body naturally with activity. During an exercise or movement session, the rise in your body temperature has a soothing, calming effect, not unlike a long soak in a warm bath or lying in front of the heater.

Yes, it may be cold when you first step outside, but if you wear layers and get moving, you will be warmer in no time at all!

3. Stay healthy

Research has shown time, and again that regular exercise strengthens your immune system to fight off bacterial and viral infections. This becomes particularly important in winter when colds and flu are more prevalent.

When you exercise and get your blood pumping, immune cells circulate through your body more quickly, helping them seek and destroy infections. But this boost only lasts for a few hours, so exercise needs to be regular for long-term effects – so come to the park for one of our regular free or low-cost Tai Chi Qigong sessions!

4. Beat the winter blues

A movement session gives you a break from the daily routine and helps ease depression. Plus, if you combine exercise with the great outdoors, you can cheer yourself up even more!

We know that after exercise, the brain releases the “feel-good” chemicals serotonin and dopamine, which can help reduce anxiety and depression while boosting wellbeing.

You CAN change your whole outlook on winter!!

5. Take a deep breath

Being cooped up with the windows closed means fresh air is much harder to come by in winter! Generally, the air outside is healthier than inside, so going for a walk or movement session outside gives you a chance to breathe deeply ~ away from other people’s bugs (at home or from the office!)

6. Avoid winter weight gain

It is so easy to turn to comfort food in the colder months because it can be satisfying. It might make us feel good for a while; then, we feel guilty. The average person puts on up to 4 kg over winter! The only way to make up for those added treats is to increase the amount of exercise you’re doing. Try and balance your energy in and energy out, and you will be able to maintain your health and vitality all year round!

We hope you are now inspired ~ stand up, go out and get moving. If you are looking for a bit of motivation and interaction with other like-minded people in these winter weeks, join us for a feel-great session soon.

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