Interests: Men's Health, Running
Does winter equal comfort food and Netflix binges on the couch because going outside seems like it is too much effort? Well you are not alone! It is only natural to want to hibernate when the weather starts to cool down, but there is plenty you can do to stay fit, healthy and happy during Ballarat’s short 9 month winter.
Four Ways To Keep Active
It’s great to have a wide variety of exercises to keep your body moving in the cold months, once you’ve scraped the ice off your windshield. Mix up your routine with some indoor activities that won’t be affected by the weather, hot yoga is especially appealing on a frosty morning! Planning your exercise is very important as motivation can be lacking, so take your running gear to work so you can squeeze in a run at lunch. Or if you can’t, get changed before you leave work and run as soon as you get home, before it gets dark at stupidly early o’clock! Make sure once you have prised yourself out of the butt imprint on the couch that you do a proper warm up; we see a lot of ‘cold start’ injuries that are easily prevented. Sometimes when it comes to the couch and a steaming mug of hot chocolate, you just have to ‘let it go!’ Release your inner Elsa and get to the snow. Skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing are amazing for serotonin (your happy hormone), fantastic for balance, endurance and coordination (yes, I’m sick of those Milo Kids Skiers who zoom past me as well!!!)
Four More Ways To Keep Healthy
Another Four Ways To Keep Happy
And of course, don’t forget to get your spine checked! Especially if you’re feeling ‘under the weather,’ the adjustment helps calm the nervous system, increasing your white blood cell count (the guys that fight off nasty bugs). Don’t worry about getting the chiro sick, ALL of them get adjusted… and have little ones that go to school/daycare/snot sharing parties. Getting adjusted also helps rewire the connections between your brain and body that regulate mood hormones, helping to relieve some of the stress from being stuck inside.1 The adjustment is also amazing at firing up proprioceptive feedback to get a better brain:body blueprint going which can lead to a reduction in cold start injuries (plus making you stronger and have more endurance). Another common presentation in winter is the hunched over posture which can fire up the part of the brainstem that says ‘we’re under attack’ causing a prolonged exposure to higher levels of stress hormones. We love chatting about the things you can do to maintain your posture in winter. And we’re super happy to tell your kids off for slouching all the time too!!!!
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