Exercising in winter when getting out of bed is a task in itself | Lifestyle Health

New Delhi: Different seasons bring unique benefits to the mind, body and mood. It can be easier to wake up in the morning in the summer than to wake up in the winter, which is much more difficult. When it comes to exercise, motivating yourself to get out of the cozy and comfortable bed on cold days is a task in itself. However, for those looking to lose weight and get fitter, this is a motivation for you to keep exercising during the winter season.

Exercising in winter can actually burn more calories than in summer. Your endurance can also be increased in winter, as the heart has to work less and you also sweat less, which makes your training more efficient.

Himalayan Siddha Grand Master Akshar shares 6 ways you can train and keep up with your fitness game even on cold winter days.

Walking / running / jogging: Start your exercise routine with a brisk walk, or maybe you can jog or run around your neighborhood block. These are cardiovascular activities that will increase your heart rate and prepare you both mentally and physically for your upcoming training session.

Strain: After jogging or running, make sure to spend a few minutes stretching. Experts recommend that you stretch before and after your workout as this will protect your muscles from injury and will effectively improve your chance of getting leaner and firmer.

Surya Namaskar: Surya Namaskar, also known as the sun salutation, is considered a full body workout in yoga. The Surya Namaskar consists of eight different postures that are sequenced in a 12-step flow. It starts on the right side and needs to be completed on both sides for a full cycle. If you are a beginner you can start with 3-5 cycles and gradually increase this to 11, 21, etc. Practicing this sequence early in the morning will boost vitamin D in your body and bring many benefits to both physical and mental health.

Energy breathing: Pranayama is a breathing exercise that can be performed to gain many health benefits for the mind and body. In winter, techniques such as Kapalbhati Pranayama and Khand Pranayama are recommended.

Meditation Techniques: There are many meditation techniques that you can practice regularly such as Sthiti Dhyan, Swaas Dhyan, Aarambh Dhyan, etc.

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