The importance of staying active in winter

Winter arrives, and it’s human nature to want to hibernate. Even the most dedicated and fit among us have a harder time when the cold weather hits. Cold days and longer nights make it difficult to get out of bed in the morning, let alone get your body moving. “There are, however, simple ways to get motivated when the weather outside is less than favourable,” explains Clere For Men brand manager Themba Ndlovu.

Exercise can help stave off the winter blues, boost energy, and prevent weight gain during the time of year that most people add some extra insulation. “The goal is to remove as many obstacles as possible and make small changes that can make staying active easier until the warmer weather returns,” says Ndlovu.

Ndlovu provides tips on how to motivate yourself to stay active this winter.

Phone a friend. When you exercise alone, there is only one person you need to convince to skip a session, but when you exercise with a partner or in a small group, there’s more accountability. Exercise partners can also provide social support and camaraderie. Even if you’re exercising at home, consider joining a live class on Zoom or on Instagram, there are some great winter workout options that don’t require you to brave the cold.

Mentally beneficial. Many people who start exercising feel frustrated when they don’t lose weight or feel fit immediately. Those benefits can take some time. On the other hand, mental health benefits happen almost immediately. When you’re active you feel better, less stressed and more relaxed. 

Plan. If you’re planning an outdoor workout, keep a close eye on the weather forecast so you know what you’re up against. Stock up on some winter-specific workout clothes and have everything ready for when that alarm goes off in the morning: gear, gym bag and snack.

Swim. If exercising in the cold just isn’t for you, indoor swimming can be a great cardio option. Swimming is one of the best exercises to maintain a healthy lifestyle. A warm indoor pool can be the perfect place for a workout when the weather outside just won’t cooperate.

Protect your skin. Winter air isn’t just cold, it’s dry too. To keep your skin from drying out, drink plenty of water and moisturise with a rich body cream. To block out biting winds, consider keeping your face covered with a running mask or scarf. Dry air, exercise, increased perspiration and hot showers are a recipe for disaster for your skin. Use a rich moisturiser like Clere For Men Active Ginseng Ultra Energising and Hydro-Glycerine Moisture body crèmes. Uniquely formulated with ProMoist consisting of Glycerine, Omega Oils and Vitamins E & A (which are vital to moisturisation and keeping skin smooth to the touch), the crèmes provide 48-hour moisture. Keep your moisturiser in your gym bag, so you’ll be reminded to apply it as soon as you get out of the shower. 

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Media queries Julia Rice | Republic PR | julia@republicpr.co.za