'Tis the season of celebrating with friends and family—and you have a seemingly endless to-do list to get ready for it all. But your festive holiday plans can be quickly derailed if you fall victim to a winter bug.
Colds and flus can strike any time of the year. However, winter's cold, dry air creates the perfect host environment for germs. Unfortunately, winter can aggravate conditions that can weaken your immune system—so it's essential to take good care of yourself at this time of year. With that goal in mind, our fitness team have collated three of their favourite solutions to keep your immune system strong and your energy up all winter long!
- Slow down
Spread out that endless to-do list and be realistic with yourself. Ensure your festive holiday plans include a relaxation day, or a light workout in the gym for just you, your mind and your body to escape.
Like nature and the animal kingdom around us, this time of hibernation is so necessary for our tired bodies and minds. See winter as a kind season and embrace this perfect time to rest and recuperate.
- …but keep moving!
Whilst we recommend slowing down, activity is still key to beating the winter blues. Exercise causes our body to release endorphins – the brains hormones that generally make us feel better. Also getting outdoors during daylight hours increases our vitamin D, which is good for your bones and muscles.
For most people, a combination of flexibility, aerobic, and strengthening exercises is great, but it is especially helpful for those who have arthritis. Try a 30-minute HIIT wattbike class, or a 45-minute zumba class at Cycle 360 to get those endorphins pumping!
- Practice Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga is slow-paced yoga style designed to give muscles a deep stretch, whilst adapting meditation techniques. The aim of practicing yin yoga is to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility as the poses stretch and exercise the bone and joint areas.
This is perfect for regulating the body's flow of energy. Postures are held with the muscles fully relaxed, mainly focusing on the lower part of the body allowing time and gravity to deepen the stretch and target the connective tissue.
You can join Sophie Campbell for 60 minutes of Yin Yoga every Friday at 1:30pm, at Cycle 360.
And finally, always remember to be kind to yourself!
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and restorative new year <3
Fitness 360 x
How to book a class at Cycle 360's fitness club
Booking a class at Cycle 360 couldn’t be easier! Download the MindBody app, search Cycle 360, and book your preferred class. Alternatively, book via our website. To join the gym or purchase a day pass, please pop in and speak to a member of the fitness team who will happily show you around the facilities and talk through gym membership and PAYG options at the Cycle 360 fitness club.