Julie says: It’s hard to motivate yourself when the nights draw in so early. Dark days can leave you feeling tired and lethargic. The good news is that exercise can help. It can lift your mood by triggering those feel-good hormones, make you feel more energetic and it can boost your immune system, too.
Just 15 minutes of moderate intensity exercise can really make a difference. You don’t need to go to a gym or anything like that – set yourself a target of walking briskly for 15 minutes a day. Try to avoid sudden changes of temperature by wearing layers; you can take something off as your warm up.
Swimming is another great way to get your heart rate up and put your joints through a good range of motion without straining them.
To keep motivated, listen to your favourite music. It could lift your spirits and leave you feeling invigorated. Or try an exercise class set to music, such as line dancing. Exercise improves quality of sleep too, so hopefully that will improve your energy levels over winter.
- Julie Robinson is a specialist fitness instructor with a range of DVDs available at www.moveitorloseit.co.uk 0800 612 0450. Send your fitness questions to Julie via email at email@example.com
- There's more great advice from Julie in every issue of Yours magazine, out every fortnight on a Tuesday.