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It’s that time of year when the evenings start to draw in, the days get shorter and it’s time to dig out the winter woollies. At this time of year it can be tempting to switch the good exercise habits formed in the long summer evenings for a cosy night in front of the fire. The end of daylight savings means it’s more difficult for many of us to see daylight from one end of the week to the other. But making the effort to continue exercise can have many health benefits over the long winter months.
Regular exercise has been shown to have a positive effect on the immune system. People who exercise regularly experience less minor illnesses such as colds and flus than those who don’t. With winter being a prime time to develop these illnesses getting some regular exercise could help keep you healthy this winter. If you are exercising outside remember: Be Safe Be Seen!
Many people feel mood can be affected by a lack of daylight during the winter months. Getting out for a short walk at lunch time increases your exposure to daylight. This may help to improve mood, give you a well earned rest from your desk and give your heart and lungs a work out.
Winter can be a great time to take up an indoor activity. Pilates is a form of exercise targeting the core muscles of the stomach and back. This form of exercise can be beneficial for improving posture, reducing back and neck pain and improving flexibility. At Ballsbridge Physiotherapy our Pilates classes are run by Chartered Physiotherapists who have extensive training and experience in exercise prescription. Contact us for further information.