Keeping active and healthy
On these chilly mornings, it’s easy to roll over, pull up the covers and shut out any thoughts of exercise. Ah, winter. It’s the season for hitting the snooze button.
The problem with this is that you will quickly lose your fitness levels, begin to feel sluggish and increasingly tired.
“We as humans are built to move,’’ says Julie Kradolfer (pictured), the general manager of Powerlife Whole Health Studios in Moffat Beach.
“We need our blood to circulate, our joints to hinge, bend, roll and the energy we intake to be expended.
“But you don’t need to be the sporty type… you just need to choose the form of fitness that is right for you – your lifestyle, your age and for your level.
“Winter is hard enough to stay motivated, but at the same time it’s a perfect time to change it up to ensure that come the warmer months, all the good work has paid off.
Here are Ms Kradolfer’s tips for keeping active and healthy through the cooler months.
- Get your diary out and book in exercise. Do this at the start of the week. Try not to do the same thing each day; change it up and check the weather in advance to see what will be suitable.
- Set yourself up for success. Don’t give yourself a deadline – 12-week challenges are old-school, and if not achieved they can promote self-esteem issues and yo-yo exercises. Stick to an achievable routine until it becomes a habit, then part of your whole lifestyle.
- Be kind to yourself. Even on the days you are not feeling up to it, try to maintain your exercise routine. Maybe opt for a restorative yoga class or a core strengthening pilates class. Each session doesn’t need to be a sweat fest – the important factor is you are moving.
- Recharge your body battery and get plenty of zzz time. Winter can make us feel flat and lethargic, so make sure you get to bed at the same time each night with ample sleep and quality rest.
- You can’t out exercise a bad diet. Shop and plan for meals ahead and enjoy home-cooked meals.
- Stay hydrated. Don’t forget to drink water when exercising in cooler weather. Your body and your cells still need just as much water in winter as summer.
Get out and active
Here are our favourite ways to spend a winter’s day on the Coast.
- Grab a picnic and blanket and head down to the sunny shores of Golden Beach. Bliss.
- Warm up with a comforting coffee date. Our fave spots include Gourmet Destinations, Aimee Provence, The Pallet Espresso Bar, Lamkin Lane Espresso Bar and The Pocket Espresso Bar.
- Pay a visit to Flame Hill Vineyard in Montville and indulge in a soul-warming glass of red wine sitting by a cosy wood-fire burner.
- Rug up and take a morning beach walk. The pretty sunrise is worth the cold.
- Take a hinterland hike without breaking a sweat. We love trekking through Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and Mapleton Falls National Park.