How to stay active in the winter

It’s that time of year when the days are shorter, the weather is cold and wet, and after a day studying you just want to get cosy, not go to the gym. That’s perfectly okay. Read our tips on how to stay active in winter.

Take the stairs.

Whether you’re in one of our halls, at university or out in town shopping, the next time you head straight for the lift, think again. Why not take the stairs? It’s a great form of cardio exercise which will get your heart rate going and stretch those leg muscles. And if you’re feeling extra energetic, take a few minutes to do some calf raises on the stairs as well.


The wall sit.

Sit back, relax and take a seat… against the wall. Sounds easy, right? Think again. This simple exercise can be painful – but it is a great way to test and build your strength and endurance in the lower body muscles. Slide your back down a blank wall until your hips and knees bend at a 90 degrees angle. Keeping your shoulders, upper back and the back of your head against the wall, hold the position for the required time – or until you can’t hold it anymore!


Star jumps.

If you’ve got a few minutes spare while your dinner cooks or while you wait for your favourite TV programme to start, do some star jumps. Star jumps are a great way to exercise your legs and shoulders and you’ll definitely get your heart beat racing. Just make sure you give yourself enough room – you don’t want to knock the dishes off the table!


Party.

Staying active doesn’t have to be painful or boring. The next time you’re out for the night, be sure to hit the dance floor and bust some moves. The longer you spend on the dancefloor having a good boogie, the more time your body moves. And while you’re there, don’t forget to sing at the top of your voice too.


Play a game.

At many of our halls, you’ll find a games area where you can play games such as pool, table tennis, foosball and air hockey. While playing these won’t be as physically exhausting as a game of football or a run, by playing one of these games, you’ll exert some energy and movement in your upper body muscles.


Laugh.

You might not know it, but you can actually stay active just by laughing! It releases endorphins and is great for your wellbeing.


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