It can be hard to stay motivated when it comes to getting physical activity, but it can be especially difficult when the weather gets cold. In the winter, there aren’t as many sports to play and a lot of us don’t want to go out for long walks. The below-zero temperatures are not only unpleasant, but they also mean putting on lots of extra clothing, including heavy coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and boots. If someone is already feeling exhausted and unmotivated, all these extra layers can feel like a big chore to put on.
However, it’s incredibly important to keep getting exercise. Physical activity has been proven to help reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, boost energy levels, strengthen muscles, and enhance cognitive performance. There are many great ways to keep fit while staying indoors and lots of online resources that can help you do this. For instance, you could try following YouTube tutorials for:
- Tai chi
- Workout routines
Remember to go easy on yourself. The goal of getting exercise is not to compete with others and put yourself down. The goal is to keep your mind and body happy and healthy. It is also important to note that you do not have to do the exercises exactly like the people in the videos to reap the benefits. If you have trouble finding time to do these activities, or if they ever feel too daunting, there are many simple tasks you can do to get physical activity. Take short breaks (even a few minutes) from your schoolwork and try things like:
- Stretching out your body
- Walking down a flight of stairs and back up
- Playing with a pet
- Performing domestic tasks (e.g. cooking, sweeping, vacuuming, or laundry)
No matter how cold it is outside and no matter how busy life gets, it is important to find time to move your body. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day. Exercise is essential for your health and wellbeing.