Winter is finally upon us. The days are colder and daylight hours are getting shorter. It is also the time of year where exercise tends to take a back seat to more inviting options such as a warm fire place or a good movie. It is important to maintain some form of regular physical activity at all times of the year. In winter there tends to be a higher incidence of illness due to viruses such as the common cold. Physical activity can have positive benefits on our immune system. Moderate intensity exercise has been associated with a 1/3 reduction in contracting an upper respiratory tract infection compared with individuals that had an inactive lifestyle (Nieman et al. 2011). This is in addition to the other benefits of exercise such as improved strength, mobility and psychological aspects such as quality of life.
There are many options for exercise these days that don’t involve being prey to the outdoor elements. You can do aerobic based activity such as exercise on a treadmill, elliptical trainer or stationary bike as well as strength based activities such as weight training, Pilates or Yoga. Here at Motion Health we can offer a number of indoor based options for exercises. Our group classes utilise a variety of equipment including traditional Pilates reformers, wunda chairs and trapeze table as well as gym equipment such as cables, dumbbells, kettlebells and stationary bike. So whatever your needs, let us help you find your movement and support you through a warmer, healthier winter.
Give reception a call on 03 9825 2697 if you’d like more information about any of our services.
Nieman DC, Henson DA, Austin MD and Sha W (2011) Upper respiratory tract infection is reduced in physically fit and active adults. British Journal of Sports Medicine 45:987-992.