During the winter months when the temperatures drop and the nights are drawing in, it can be difficult to keep yourself motivated when it comes to exercise.
But keeping your body moving and your diet healthy can have so many benefits; from the positive effect it can have on your mental wellbeing to boosting your immune system to help with fighting off colds, flu or even Coronavirus.
The NHS recommends that adults should be physically active in some way every day, and aim to do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity like brisk walking, gardening or cycling, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity, such as running, fast swimming or a cardio exercise class.
The advice, for older people, or if you are new to exercise, is to do whatever exercise is possible and for however long it is comfortable for. But any exercise is better than nothing when it comes to improving your immunity and physical health.
Support for our members
Although our centres remain temporarily closed until Wednesday 2 December due to Coronavirus restrictions in England, we’re doing all we can to support our members to stay active in other ways until we can welcome people back into our clubs.
1Life members can gain access - either online or via the 1Life app - to over 500 unique online classes over 22 different platforms with Wellbeats; giving you the chance to take part in a variety of workouts from home.
Members can also benefit from the Wellbeats Nutrition Channel, which includes healthy recipes, cooking tutorials, nutrition education and healthy food tips.
The benefits of the outdoors
As an alternative to exercising at home, you could also think about taking your workout outside and going for a bike ride, run or walk around your local area.
This can be a great way to take some time out from your desk if you’re working from home, enjoy some outdoor exercise and fresh air with your household or provide the opportunity to meet a friend or family member for a socially distanced walk.
But if you are venturing outside to exercise this winter, it’s important to be safe.
Make sure you are wearing appropriate clothing and footwear for the conditions and stick to well-lit routes if you’re going out when it’s dark.
You can also check out Sport England’s useful guidance around getting active outdoors while sticking to the current government guidelines here:
Eating well this winter
Eating a varied, balanced diet is also key to staying fit and healthy this winter.
The NHS EatWell guide contains a range of tips for a healthy, balanced diet, including aiming to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables per day and drinking plenty of fluids, such as water, lower-fat milks and sugar-free drinks.
If you want to take some steps to make your diet healthier and are in need of some inspiration, take a look at some of our top tips on creating quick and easy, healthy family meals.
Find some of our ideas at https://blog.1life.co.uk/must-try-quick-and-easy-healthy-family-meals as well as some links to a few favourite recipes.
We can’t wait to welcome you back into our centres as soon as we’re able to, but in the meantime, hope you enjoy discovering some new ways to keep moving and leading a healthy lifestyle this winter.