Health & Wellbeing

How to Stay Active in Winter: Tips for NHS Staff

We are here to make sure you don’t lose motivation and to give you tips on how to stay active in winter and eat well.

Wondering how to stay active in winter? As the festivities end and a new year arrives, many of us start to think about getting fit and achieving our fitness goals. But it can be challenging to find the time and energy to stay active in winter. Especially with dark mornings and evenings making you want to stay home instead of heading off to that class at the gym after a long shift.

However, exercise is an excellent way to boost your endorphins which trigger a positive feeling in the body, improving your focus and mental health.  An example of this is when you’ve done a big workout or been for a run, the feeling afterward often feels  “ecstatic”. Even though your body may feel sore, you will feel better about yourself for doing it.  

Take part in a 30-day challenge.

A good way to stay focused and keep on track of your fitness is by following a 30-day challenge or creating your own. Can’t think of any? Well, here are some of our favourites:

Don’t have the sportswear that you need for these fitness workouts and challenges? Well, don’t worry, as a few new additions to your sports wardrobe doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. From our Sports Direct discount to Gymshark NHS discount, you can treat yourself without breaking the bank.

As well as fitness challenges, there are also 30-day challenges to improve yourself, such as self-confidence, self-care, and motivation. Take a look:

Count Your Steps

Who didn’t get a Fitbit or an Apple Watch for Christmas? The NHS advises that we do 10,000 steps a day which may sound like a big target, but think how many steps you do walking around school.

A good way to keep track of your fitness is to try and keep to that target of 10,000 steps a day. Don’t worry too much if you can’t reach that elusive 10,000 steps – just try and move more than usual and you will reap the benefits.

Exercise With a Friend

It can be difficult to motivate yourself to exercise, especially during the winter. Whether you’re attempting to get out of bed an hour earlier to go for a run or you want to get into the habit of going to the gym on the way home, some days, it can just seem like too much effort.

Therefore, we recommend that you exercise with a friend so that you can motivate each other. Whether you go for a run together, take a gym class, or simply walk around your local park, having plans with someone else will make you more likely to commit to regular exercise.

Do a Home Workout

Are you like us and need someone to tell you what to do to for a successful workout? Well, we have found the best online workouts for you to do this winter, from Instagram to Youtube; we’ve found enough to keep you busy and to get that winter bod!

Check out some of our discounts on health and fitness and get inspired and motivated to stay fit and healthy during winter. Remember, NHS and healthcare staff in all roles can sign up for free to access hundreds of more discounts and offers.

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