Bang smack in the middle of winter, July often brings about
the common mid-winter blues. We start off so motivated with exercising at the
beginning of the year but find ourselves lacking energy when the temperature drops,
and we see less of the sun. Part of experiencing the mid-winter blues not only
means less time spent exercising but even when you are exercising, the
exercises can feel mundane, boring and same old!
This month is all about tips on how to beat the mid-winter
blues so that you can remain focused and moving. That way, injury is avoided.
Here are 5 easy Pivotal Motion tips to beating the mid-winter
1. Go for a morning walk when the sun is out
Sunlight and warmth are excellent ways to improve low moods.
Therefore, aiming to walk for 30 minutes daily out in the sun can be a great
way of beating the mid-winter blues.
2. Spice up your exercise program
Changing your exercise program is a good way of introducing
challenges into exercising making it more exciting and less mundane. It is also
a way to improve strength and conditioning.
A couple of excellent ways to change up an exercise programme
are the following:
Changing the lever length – a longer lever can increase difficulty in an exercise. A perfect example of this is the clam shell exercise. If they knee is bent, the targeted muscle (gluteus medius) works less compared to the knee in a straightened position.
Incorporating balance – For any exercise, introducing balance components increases the challenge of performing the exercise.
Manipulating repetitions – Increasing the number of repetitions ensures the targeted muscle works harder.
Changing time under tension – The increased time a muscle is under contraction correlates to an increased workload performed by the muscle and therefore, stimulates muscle growth.
Weight – this is an obvious progression. If you lift heavier weights, you stimulate the growth of more muscle.
Stance – changing the stance during a standing exercise can alter which muscle is put under increased tension.
Rest time – ensuring that you have adequate rest time both between exercises and between sessions is essential to avoiding burn out!
3. Nutritious Diet
Making sure that the diet is up to scratch by eating plenty
of fruit and vegetables means that the required vitamins and nutrients are
obtained. Ensuring your macronutrient requirements of protein, carbohydrates
and fats are all satisfied keeps the body and all its systems and processes
4. Social Activities
As human beings, it is a necessity to have human contact. Not
only has it been shown to improve low mood states, it is the perfect way to
combat the mid-winter blues. Exercising with friends is a fantastic way of incorporating
both social contact and physical activity, killing two birds with one stone.
Great examples of this include going on a hike, bike ride or a walk around the
5. Getting plenty of sleep
This is no brainer. If you get plenty of sleep, your mental, physical and emotional health improve, and you prevent the chance of burnout and fatigue! If you have any questions or queries regarding mid-winter blues, book in online to see one of our physiotherapists today!