Bath House Spa’s Family Fitness Tips for Winter, Indoor & Out
Who wants to exercise when it's cold and dark outside? But as the therapists at the Bath House Spa at New Park Manor Hotel in Hampshire remind us, just getting outside, even – or perhaps especially – in winter, can put you in a better mood. So bundle yourself and your kids up in layers and sure everyone's heads and hands are covered. And take some extra time warming up before you exercise in the cold.
Here are their tips for fun activities to keep you and your family moving through the winter months, including some indoor fitness tips for when it's just too cold to go outside.
Walking is easy and requires little more than a good pair of shoes. You can burn calories, increase blood flow, and give your heart and lungs a boost. Walking is also a great stress reducer!
Hiking affords many of the same benefits as walking, and gives you the chance to explore the winter wonderland that is the New Forest. See our blog on a family-friendly walk in the New Forest.
Vigorous exercise such as running slows the effects of ageing and also helps fend off disease and disability.
Yoga or Pilates
Yoga is a great way for both adults and kids to keep muscles limber and take a stress break. Pilates builds strong core muscles and can improve posture. You can find yoga and Pilates classes in gym or dedicated studios, or get a DVD to follow at home. See our blog on yoga for the whole family.
If you have access to an indoor pool, as we are lucky to do at most Luxury Family Hotels, jump in for both your physical and mental health. Not only is swimming the most popular athletic activity in the UK, but swimmers tend to live longer and be more upbeat than people who do not exercise.
They do not offer as many health benefits as playing an actual sport, but highly active “exergames” such as Nintendo's Wii Boxing and Konami's Dance Dance Revolution are a good way to get moving on a cold or rainy day.
Take the Stairs
Every time you choose the stairs over the lift or escalator, you burn more calories and reduce your risk of heart disease. So take the stairs at every opportunity, and get an added benefit: better legs for summer!
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