I hope this finds you well & feeling physically fit and strong! Here in Adelaide (South Australia) things are certainly shifting into winter – the colours on the trees (so spectacular, I just love this time of year), the chilly nights and the shorter days. However, this time of year can often be very challenging for keeping on track with regular movement and exercise. I know I can certainly feel less included to get outdoors when its cold!
I invite you to take some time to reflect on your current exercise routine…perhaps it needs to be adjusted to fit more with the season. Winter is a time of slowing down, turning inward and gravitating towards warm, hearty foods, nights by the fire and perhaps more sleep-ins. All this is absolutely okay. I encourage it even! This exact shift means that our exercise must also shift – I know my routine definitely changes from summer to winter.
In winter I am less inclined to do my higher intensity workouts in the early morning – it’s often just too cold and I never get as much out of the workout as I would doing it in the afternoon when both the day, and I, am warmer. Instead I keep early morning movement to walking (or perhaps a gentle/short jog), stretching/yoga and recovery sessions (hello foam roller, trigger point ball, deep stretching and mobility exercises). I do however keep up with regular strength and running as best as I can (I’m only human and still do falter some weeks!) . Why do I do this? Because movement is SO important not just for general health but for our physical and mental well-being throughout the cooler months.
Regular exercise promotes circulation to keep you feeling warm, maintains muscle mass which keeps your metabolism up (…self-saucing pudding in winter is a must, but I prefer it to not hang around on my waistline!), it also bolsters our immune system which can often take a hit through winter. Finally…. winter can be more of a struggle emotionally for many. Exercise is such a simple and highly effective way to support your mental well-being in the cooler months, and beyond!
If you’re feeling a little deflated, unmotivated or just totally stumped as to how to structure a beautiful movement plan that is just right for YOU, I would love to help! Often we overthink it and try to bite off way more than we can chew – let me guide you to simplifying this and eliminating overwhelm. A one-on-one session (health rebates available) is a fabulous way to refresh motivation & move forward with a clear plan. No more winter slumps!
If you’re keen to know more feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) OR jump over to the “book now” button and schedule a one-on-one sesh! I’d love to see you in the clinic and help you with a personalized, effective (….and FUN!) program.
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