Five Ways to Keep Active This Winter

Even in a normal year it can be difficult to keep active over winter, as the nights draw in and the lure of a blanket on the sofa grows stronger. That’s why we’ve put together this list of five tips to help our community stay fit through the long nights and cold mornings.

1. Walking Through History

One of the best ways to get yourself out the house when it’s cold outside is to find a walk with a purpose – it’s much easier to get off the sofa when there is a reward at the end. Luckily, Chapelton is surrounded by lots of great things to see which can be combined with a vigorous stroll. With Dunnottar Castle, Crathes Castle, Drum Castle and much more less than half an hour from Chapelton there are plenty of options for long walks with lots to see – some of them even have takeaway tearooms available to help you stay cosy. While these sites are all currently open for walkers it is worth having a quick look online before you go to check their status.

2. Bring the Gym to You

Exercising at home took the nation by storm during lockdown and proved that it is possible to get that post-gym feeling from the comfort of your own living room. From dance classes and yoga to cardio and weights training there is something to for everyone so all you need to do is find one that suits you and get going.

3. Warm Up Without Cooling Down

If you still want to do your workout in the fresh air why not make it that bit easier for yourself by doing your warm up and stretches in the warmth of your home before setting off. Starting your run with your blood already pumping not only reduces your chances of injury but also makes it that bit easier to take the plunge.

4. Lunchtime Launch

We all know it can be difficult to motivate yourself to get out when its dark and gloomy outside. Changing your workout routines so that you exercise on your lunchbreak means that not only do you get to make the most of the daylight but also that you can relax guilt free with a warm cup of tea when clocking off time comes.

5. Explore the Local Area

Finally, why not base your activity around the Chapelton Trail, starting from the heart of the town at Hume Square. The 4.5km route offers the perfect opportunity for a long walk or a run and can also offers a great way to get outside for children and dogs too!