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Keeping active during the winter

Self Care Week 2013

As the temperature drops and the day draws in, it is tempting to stay in the warm rather than exercise. However, staying active throughout the autumn and winter helps to beat seasonal blues and keep you fit and healthy.

You don’t even have to leave the house to exercise; the NHS Choices website has a range of indoor exercises to help keep you in shape. This site also contains a range of exercises for older people that will help improve health, lift your mood and remain independent.

Regular exercise will make you feel energetic, which should make it a little easier to get out of bed on cold dark mornings. Some research also suggests moderate exercise can strengthen the immune system, reducing the risk of coughs and colds.

Always make sure you’re warm before you go outside. Wear several layers to keep in heat and warm up for 10 minutes before you start.

If you are exercising outside, make sure you stay safe by keeping to well lit areas and wearing bright reflective clothing. Always run with a friend or tell someone where you’re going.

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