Staying active in winter

Keeping active in the winter months is important way to keep a positive physical, mental and social wellbeing.

Although it’s easier said than done to keep the motivation going when the mornings get darker and
the days get colder, we have pulled together some simple tips on how to fill your day below.

1. Go for a walk
It is easy to be discouraged from getting out and about but it’s important to keep active to help maintain strength and mobility. Even if it is to the end of the road and back, doing a little each day
can help you stay fit.
Make sure you keep an eye on the weather forecast to be prepared for anything the unpredictable Scottish weather throws at you.
2. Birdwatch from your window
Leaving nuts and seeds in the garden may attract an array of birds to your windows. Pull up a chair, grab a cuppa and watch the world go by. Many bird-watchers find this hobby a quiet and welcome
escape from the “go, go, go” of the modern world.
3. Get crafty
On those more miserable days outside, why not get crafty? There are all sorts of ways you can be creative including painting, knitting and drawing with the list being endless! At this time of year homemade seasonal decorations can brighten up your home, or make a sentimental gift for a loved one or member of the community.
4.Indoor Gardening
Whether it’s a simple potted plant or an extensive array of greenery, you can enjoy creating some beautiful displays to help brighten up your home.
5. Keep in touch
Winter can be a lonely time for many, so it’s important to stay connected with the people around you. Whether that is family and friends, or a next-door neighbour, it’s important to look out for each other. Why not invite friends over and catch up over some tea, head out for a walk around the local park or meet at a local café for a coffee and a scone.
Staying active isn’t only good for our physical health but our mental health too. Don’t let the cold weather limit you.

More advice can be found on the NHS website: http://www.healthscotland.scot/ or by contacting Bield via hello@bield.co.uk.