It’s important to stay active all year round, but, as the weather gets colder and more treacherous through winter the thought of exercise can become daunting for some. Despite this, the negative impacts of becoming inactive can be significant, often reducing physical and mental wellbeing.
Here are our tips on how to keep active and stay safe this winter.
Make sure you’re kitted out properly
Walking in cold weather without the appropriate clothing can be dangerous, so making sure you’re wearing a warm coat, hat, scarf and gloves is all imperative before you get exercising. A sensible pair of shoes with good grip are also necessary to prevent falls.
If possible, take a friend
Walking with someone adds a sociable aspect to your exercise which can often be overlooked during the winter months. If you can’t find a friend willing to join, ask a neighbour or look for appropriate classes in your area. Walking groups or water aerobics classes may be the perfect solution.
Don’t be put off
Even if the weather is too bad to venture out, you can keep active at home. Basic yoga DVDs are a great way to maintain strength. If that seems too strenuous some step-up exercises or a simple walk around the house is enough to stretch your muscles. All exercise is beneficial regardless of how you achieve it.
Remember your mental wellbeing
Exercise isn’t simply about keeping your body flexible but maintaining your mental capability too. Jigsaw puzzles and games like Sudoku keep your mind active, although engaging in any enjoyable hobby is just as beneficial.
Consider Getting a Personal Alarm
For peace of mind over your loved one whilst they embark on winter activities, consider getting a fall detection watch.
CPR Guardian is an easy-to-use standalone mobile phone watch with an integrated SIM card. It’s a personal alarm that contacts family. They can view the location and well-being of the wearer remotely by using the Guardian mobile APP for Android and iOS. Carers can call the fall detection watch just like a mobile phone. Visit our website to learn more.