As the weather becomes cold and dreary we favour a hibernation mode, enjoying cosy time on the sofa or bed with a cup of tea, reading that new book, catching up on a TV series, not to mention the hearty, warming casseroles.
With the absence of sunshine and warmth during these shorter days, it becomes less motivating for us to get outside and exercise. As discussed below, there is even more necessity to stay active during the winter months.
Immune System: Winter marks the depths of the cold and flu season. With lower levels of Vitamin D absorption due to decreased sunshine, our bodies require more nutrients from other sources to stay healthy and prevent infections. Exercise assists in facilitating a healthy immune system by ridding toxins through perspiration and increasing function of the cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems. Therefore, ensure you maintain an active lifestyle to reap the health benefits and reduce your susceptibility to the dreaded colds and flu by keeping your Pilates practise regular.
Energy Expenditure: We are more likely to participate in sedentary activities during winter months which decreases our energy expenditure and slows our metabolism. Also, we tend to consume warming, comfort foods, some of which may be more energy dense. With decreased energy expenditure, our metabolism slows which leads to an unbalanced energy expenditure/consumption compared to the Summer months. Physical activity is even more necessary during the Winter months to increase energy utilisation and prevent a slowing of our metabolism.
Musculoskeletal Function: Our bodies become stiff and tight during cold weather which is exacerbated by sedentary activity as we hibernate out of the elements. Movement-based exercise such as Pilates is excellent to maintain range-of-motion, function and strength of muscles and joints. Maintaining normal exercise routines during Winter is absolutely necessary to maintain optimal function and reduce risk of injury.
Maintaining normal exercise routines during Winter (or increasing movement-based exercise) is necessary to maintain optimal function, a balanced lifestyle and decrease likelihood of choosing sedentary activities. Of course, the release of positive feeling endorphins through exercise still applies and is a great reason alone to exercise!
Pilates is wonderful to practice during the Winter months as you can do it in the comfort of your home or come into our inviting Pilates studio. As it helps to lengthen tired, tight muscles, increases circulatory ventilation through deep breathing, mobilises the entire spine and increases the metabolism through resistance training it’s a no brainer that you can reap the benefits during the Winter months. In saying that, why not even add some more studio or home sessions to your current practice?!
If you have any questions please always feel free to ask one of our fabulous Pilates Instructors in the Neutral Bay Studio.