How to beat the sluggishness and stay fit during the winter months!

How to beat the sluggishness and stay fit during the winter months!

  1. Does cold weather and winter in general make us tired? There are many aspects to the cold and dark months that could have us feeling a little sluggish and run down.
    ● Lack of sun and vitamin D
    Vitamin D plays a crucial role in maintaining overall health and well-being. It helps your body absorb calcium – the main building blocks of bone. Vitamin D also plays a role in running your nervous, muscle and immune system. Studies show that getting enough Vitamin D on a daily basis could also be of benefit to our mental health. You can get vitamin D in three ways: through your skin, from your diet, and from supplements.
    ● Adjusting to Daylight Savings.
    Why does changing the clock by one hour in the spring have such an impact on physical and mental health? Nearly every tissue, organ, and cell in your body operates on an internal clock. Adjusting the clock forward by an hour can affect these intricate body clocks, leading to an impact that may persist for weeks or even months.
    ● SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)
    According to studies, you may have seasonal affective disorder if you experience certain symptoms that start and stop during specific months, and that occur for at least two consecutive years. Individuals experiencing winter seasonal affective disorder (SAD) often find that the onset of depressive symptoms is triggered by shorter and darker days.

● Less Exercise, Less Energy.
Skipping your daily workout routine is a primary contributor to low energy levels. Regular exercise is crucial, as it enhances blood flow, improves circulation, and ultimately leaves you feeling invigorated and less fatigued.

  1. How to have more energy in autumn and winter? Here are a few simple steps we can begin to take when the cold nights and dark mornings creep in!
    ● Get enough sunlight exposure
    Long periods without regular exposure to sunlight can worsen the symptoms of winter depression. Make an effort to include ample natural sunlight in your daily routine. This could involve getting some fresh air in the morning, taking a brief walk during your lunch break, and ensuring you get a little evening stroll before nightfall.
    ● Quality sleep
    We recognize the essential role of sleep in maintaining functionality and productivity, but its significance goes far beyond this. Insufficient or poor-quality sleep directly affects your daily life and may even impact your overall health and well-being, including mental health, metabolic health, and cardiovascular health. Establishing a consistent night routine that works for you is extremely important – this could be switching off screens an hour earlier, switching to more relaxing lighting for your bedroom or trying out a relaxing caffeine-free drink, such as chamomile tea.
    ● Vitamin D supplements
    Vitamin D is vital for maintaining the health of our bones, teeth, and muscles. It is a good idea to start encorporating it into your diet first, and if you are still not getting enough – it might be beneficial to add a supplement. The best food sources of vitamin D are oily fish, including salmon, mackerel, and sardines. Other sources include egg yolks, red meat, and liver. Vitamin D is added to some foods too, including breakfast cereals, plant milks and fat spreads.
    ● Get moving!
    We all know it’s a struggle to keep your normal exercise routine up during the cold Winter months. It’s not easy to push yourself to get in that extra run or walk in the dark evenings. It is important to remember anything is better than nothing – a home workout using body weight or resistance bands, or perhaps investing in a home treadmill or exersize bike could do wonders for your physical and mental health!
  2. Best ways to workout during the winter months.
    ● Encorporating a short walk in the mornings has been proven to have many benefits. Getting some sunlight first thing in the AM helps to kickstart our body’s sleep-wake cycle and keep our circadian rhythm in balance.
    ● There are many benefits to owning your own home fitness equipment. It is easier to reach for, there are no transport worries and it’s a one time cost, unlike a gym membership. It can start with simple add on’s such as resistance bands and light weights, or you could invest in a home treadmill or exersize bike.
    Walking and running on a treadmill is a safe option for getting in some extra steps when it might be too icy or dark to complete your workout outdoors.
    It can be much easier to fit into your daily schedule, for example, you could beat the afternoon crash and fit in some steps on your home machine and get some endorphins going!

Check out our top 3 recommendations for your home set up, helping you to stay fit in Winter:

Commercial SMART Treadmill C-99

  • Motor: 3.5HP DC Motor
  • Speed: 1.0-20kmph or 1.0-12mph
  • Smart Touchscreen – Watch Netflix & Youtube while working out!

SMART Treadmill EasyStore

  • Motor: 1.75HP DC motor
  • Speed: 0.8-14kmph
  • Smart Touchscreen – Watch Netflix & Youtube while working out!

Commercial Exercise Bike B-55

  • Resistance – Magnetic
  • Flywheel – 20kg or 44 lbs
  • Transportation wheels – Easy to move and suitable for any
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