Beat Hibernation By Working Out

Oct 10, 2014
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With Summer officially over, many of us fall into the trap of being overly active during the sunny weather, to hibernating in fall and winter. Its likely you’ve been doing a lot of exercise, without even realizing you’ve been working out through summer. From hiking or long walks along the beach, to hopping in the pool or playing sports with friends. You’ve probably been a lot more active, and feel better for it. However with the hot weather behind us, and the dark nights approaching, its easy to get stuck in a rut of going to work, going home, and staying warm.

This is a dangerous trap to fall into, especially for anyone with a disability. Statistics show that adults with disabilities are 54% more likely to become obese, while children with disabilities are 38% more likely to become obese, than those without a disability. You shouldn’t lose motivation to workout, especially in winter. The winter blues are a killer, instead you should change the activities you’ll be doing. Getting around in the cold weather is difficult for all of us. However it is important to try and make the correct arrangements, and plan in advance, to ensure you’re still able to exercise.

Here are some of the benefits, reasons, and ways you can continue to workout throughout winter.

Join A Gym

When the early dark nights set in, its hard to get motivated to get out of the house and exercise. However joining a gym gives you the luxury of an air conditioned facility, packed with equipment that will let you workout. Just because it’s dark outside is no excuse for not exercising. A gym offers a wide range of workout options, from free weights, to resistance machines and cardiovascular facilities.

Home Exercise & Workout DVD’s

78% of people with disabilities are inactive, compared to 50% of people without disabilities. If getting out of the house, or mobility is an issue, then a home workout is the perfect. There are a lot of celebrity workout dvd’s that are on shelves purely as a cash in. Reality tv stars who have purposely put weight on, only to lose it to make a quick buck from selling a ‘fitness DVD’. However a workout DVD from a reputable fitness expert is a viable option for staying active in Winter. They’re easy to follow, get you moving, and you don’t have to venture in the cold harsh winter conditions to do it. If getting up and going to the gym isn’t possible, then give a home workout a try.

Reduce Cortisol

Winter is a stressful time for many people. The dark nights make the days seem shorter, which can lead to more stress and anxiety. Cortisol is the body’s stress hormone. When cortisol levels are elevated, we become more stressed. Working out reduces the cortisol in our body, thus releasing us of stress. If the pressures of 9-5 and family commitments are weighing you down, try exercising for 30 minutes a few times a week. Mix it up between weight sessions and cardiovascular activity.

Beats Boredom

Throughout Summer you’ve been used to socializing with friends, taking part in sports activities, going to BBQ’s, fairs and just getting out of the house. During Winter, these kinds of activities seem to fall by the way side. You might find yourself stuck in the cycle of waking up, going to work, coming home. By the time you get home, its dark, its cold, and there is nothing to do. Its easy to sit in front of the TV. When bored, many people are prone to overeating. This obviously leads to weight gain. Over eating does not just lead to physical health problems, such as obesity, heart issues and respiratory issues. It can also lead to mental and emotional problems. Gillian Goodfriend outlines the difference between physical & emotional hunger. Physical hunger is our bodies craving nutrients. Emotional hunger is a craving for taste. If you find yourself eating out of boredom, it is likely that your are eating to fill your emotional hunger. Gillian discusses keeping a food log to help keep track of the foods you’re eating, in an effort to reduce this boredom eating. Working out will give you something to do, break up your day, and keep you from eating out of boredom.

Fitness, regardless of disability and medical conditions, can be enjoyed by the full family.

Try New Foods

Its likely that through winter, you’ll be spending more time at home. Don’t fall into the trap of over eating due to boredom as discussed above. Instead, use your spare time to try new food, recipes, and even try baking with protein powders and other health supplements. While winter is known for comfort foods such as pies, pastries and cakes, look into healthy recipes, and ways to add flavour to your food. There are a ton to choose from, and contrary to what non supplement users think, protein shakes do not taste bad. They’re available in a ton of different flavors, the majority of which taste great!

For savory options, turn to vegetables, spices and seasonings to liven up your meals, and continue eating healthy. Try making sauces from scratch, using fresh ingredients, as opposed to buying them from the store. This way you’ll know exactly what you’re eating, and can make it to your palette. It’s also a fun activity to keep you busy.

Beat The Winter Blues

The ‘Winter Blues’ aren’t a myth. Scientists believe that the way our bodies responds to daylight is what causes the winter blues, and leads to depression through winter. The belief here is that hormone levels, including the previously mentioned cortisol, differ depending upon the amount of light our bodies are exposed to. The condition is more commonly known as SAD, and research has shown that 9% of people suffer from it. Melatonin, a the sleep hormone, is reduced when exposed to more light. During winter, our bodies are exposed to less light, increasing this, making us feel lethargic, tired and depressed. By following these tips however, you can beat the winter blues.

What steps did you use to help beat depression and boredom?






When not in the gym, Adam can be found following the bizarre world of professional wrestling, producing informative fitness and supplement videos for his youtube channel and blogging on his website here





Author: Adam Foster