Exercise is so important for you, particularly when you get to older adulthood. By exercising, you improve your cardiovascular health, which is important for your heart, and certain weight-bearing exercises can help with your bone strength. All these benefits become increasingly beneficial as you age, as they can ensure you stay active for longer and avoid any injuries that could slow you down. 

 

While there are risks of injury when it comes to exercising, the benefits far outweigh the danger. This remains true, even in the winter as the daylight hours get fewer and the weather turns colder. So, for some tips and tricks on exercising well into the winter months, read on! 

 

 

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1. Wake up with the sun (almost) 

Many people find it easier to work out first thing in the morning. However, in the winter it can be harder to wake up and get out of bed as daylight gets later and later. If you find you’re struggling, then consider getting an alarm clock that has a light that turns on gradually, like the sunrise. This can help you keep to your workout schedule, and keep making gains! There are many in the shops and online that you can choose from, some of which have a radio that also turns on as the alarm. 

 

2. Use extra supports 

Make sure that you have the right equipment when you do exercises — such as appropriate footwear or workout tape. Workout tape can be incredibly helpful for supporting your muscles and helping you to use your full range of movement. Apparently, this tape can also help to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and support your muscles, which can be incredibly helpful when you exercise — so consider picking up with your physiotherapist to see if you could benefit from workout tape. 

 

3. Stay warm 

Your warmth and safety must take precedence when you’re exercising as an older person, so make sure that your environment is warm enough and that you have the appropriate attire if you’re going outdoors. Make sure to have thermals to wear and clothes with sweat-wicking properties that will keep you dry. If you’re walking or exercising outside, make sure you have warm base layers, a fleece layer in the middle and a waterproof layer on top that will stop you from getting wet in inclement weather. 

 

4. Find exercises to do at home 

If venturing outside doesn’t appeal to you during the winter months, then find a type of indoors (or even at home) workout that you will enjoy. Thanks to the internet, there are so many to choose from. You could sign up for online classes to do over the internet, giving you a community feel, or you could do stretching, yoga and pilates from home with YouTube tutorials. If you have a staircase in your home, you could even do some stair-climbing workouts that will get your heart pumping from the safety of your house. 

 

Hopefully, this article has given you some ideas of how you can keep exercising this winter to make sure you stay healthy and strong. Good luck!

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