Beat the winter blues

As we head towards the shortest day it’s easy to want to hibernate and not be as active as you might be during summer. Research shows that adopting a regular exercise schedule will not only improve your overall health and keep things like diabetes and high blood pressure away, but it can also do wonders for your mental health. Scientists in the US found that exercise is effective for symptoms of depression and anxiety because your brain releases feel-good chemicals that ease these conditions.

If you aren’t comfortable walking at night or early morning find a family member, friend or dog who can walk or jog with you. Doing it every day will boost your confidence and make you feel better about your appearance and help you cope with your daily stresses.

If you have children encourage them to come with you to create habits that will make a lifelong difference to their health and wellbeing. And it’s never too late to start as again research shows that even starting a walking and light weights program at 70 years and older can still make a significant difference in reducing physical disability.