As a chiropractor in North London I can’t stress enough the benefits of taking regular exercise to my patients. In fact many patients come to me with back or neck problems after they have dropped out of their exercise regime for a few months.
However, in the winter and early spring, with the variable temperature, getting excited about going outdoors isn’t easy for most of us.
However, it could be one of the best ways to lift away the seasonal blues and make us feel great afterwards! So if you are still not enthused look at exercise of the lesser of two evils.
Here are 5 tips that I hope will get you motivated to exercise even when it’s cold outside:
- Thinks of the positives. Regular exercise can make you feel more energetic. It can improve our mood. And of course helps shed some extra weight.
- Make sure you warm up. Don’t overdo it – if you haven’t exercised before or for a while take it easy to avoid overdoing it and possibly injuring yourself. If in doubt always check with your doctor or chiropractor before starting on an exercise regime. Allow time to warm-up before you start. If you’re going outside, wear layers and you may want to wear a hat to avoid heat loss from the head.
- Keep to well-lit areas if you’re exercising in the dark. Wearing bright and reflective clothing is advisable.
- Listen to your body and use common sense. If you have a cold and your symptoms are not severe then you don’t necessarily have to stop exercising, however, if you have a fever you should give it a miss. Remember that if you suffer from asthma or some other form of breathing difficulty then you want to take extra care as cold air can trigger symptoms.
- Get your exercise through an activity you enjoy – this could be doing something indoors out of the cold!
Don’t let the late winter and early spring weather stop you taking regular exercise. The benefits will be long lasting and hopefully you’ll have fun in the process.
Dylan Paydar at Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic
Committed to improving the health and well-being of people in North London
Including Muswell Hill, Finchley, Highgate, Crouch End and Southgate