10 reasons not to be a couch potato this winter

The clocks have changed, the days are getting shorter and the nights are drawing in earlier – winter’s on its way.

For many people, this time of year (particularly once the clocks have changed) can be when they dig out their fleecy clothes and snuggly blankets and effectively go into hibernation mode, just like nature…

…which is really nice, except the fact that there are several months between now and spring plus, all of this vegetating won’t do your health and wellbeing any good either!

Need some more convincing? Check out these top ten reasons why you should avoid being a couch potato and stick to your exercise regimes this winter.

You’ll:

  1. Feel more positive                                                                                                                                              Exercise has been shown to stimulate brain chemicals that make us feel relaxed and happy. When you’re having a bad day, go for a workout, you’ll feel a whole lot more happier and boosted afterwards.
  1. Look fabulous (and feel happier in the process!)                                                                                               That’s right! Exercise firms your muscles, improves your posture and even makes your skin glow. Looking amazing is a wonderful result of regular exercise. And it can be really rewarding when people start to notice your transformation too.
  1. Have more energy!                                                                                                                                                      No more wanting to sit around and veg on the sofa all day. Exercise can leave you feeling buzzing with energy, as well as less irritated and more peaceful.
  1. Reduce the risk of disease                                                                                                                               Exercise has been proven to reduce the risk of pretty much every single health problem known to man, from strokes and heart disease, to cancer and osteoporosis. It also acts as a great defence mechanism against type 2 diabetes, one of the most widely-growing diseases of our time. (For more details about the relationship between exercise and diabetes, check out this blog).
  1. Sleep more soundly                                                                                                                                             Believe it or not, exercise boosts energy levels during the day and also wears you out. Recovering from a challenging workout will help you relax and sleep more deeply too. If you don’t believe us, give it a try!
  1. Have less aches and pains                                                                                                                      Strengthening the muscles around your damaged joints can help reduce joint pain and overall aches. Remember to always consult your physician before starting an exercise programme, especially if you are suffering from chronic joint pain.
  1. Feel less down                                                                                                                                                             Studies have shown that exercise can help reduce depression – sometimes even as effectively as medication. Even if you don’t feel like getting up off the couch to sweat through a workout, remember that you’ll feel happier and more alive once you’ve done it.
  1. Be able to beat winter bugs                                                                                                                                      It’s widely reported that people who exercise regularly are 50 per cent less likely to call in sick at work. Regular exercise can help reduce the amount of colds and upper respiratory infections you suffer from.
  1. Burn calories (even when you’re resting!)                                                                                                    What better way to be a couch potato, than by burning calories as you’re relaxing on your sofa?!                    When you build your muscles through exercise you burn extra calories, even while you’re resting. This also means you can eat more and maintain your ideal weight with ease.
  1. Look and feel fantastic!                                                                                                                                                 Yes, it might be tempting to sit on the sofa in front of the TV when it’s wet and cold outside, but your body isn’t going to thank you for it. When you’re fit, you feel healthy and have energy and the natural result is great confidence.

There’s no better confidence booster than sticking with exercise. The results are more than worth your efforts.

So, the question is, what will you be doing this winter? Will you be a couch potato or will you be all of the things above instead? Surely, it’s a no-brainer?!

Need help and advice with avoiding the couch potato trap this winter? Contact Nicki today on nicolacarless@aol.com