Pilates instructors Marisa Jones and Tracy Marta, at Advantage Pilates in Mooloolaba, are encouraging women to think outside the square when it comes to winter exercise.
Pilates instructors Marisa Jones and Tracy Marta, at Advantage Pilates in Mooloolaba, are encouraging women to think outside the square when it comes to winter exercise. Iain Curry

Change can give you a winter exercise glow

AS THE weather cools down, the urge to exercise dwindles, and the likelihood you'll find yourself wrapped in a blanket with a block of chocolate becomes more and more likely.

Women's Health magazine's Terrill Bruere said the unmotivating winter gloom could lead to overeating and weight gain.

The accredited dietitian said one of the keys to fighting the urge to sit on the couch was to change your exercise routine to suit the season.

"Try a class such as yoga or Tai Chi where you can exercise indoors," Ms Bruere said.

"Or dig out the old treadmill or exercise bike and use that in the comfort of your home."

Indoor exercise Pilates could also be the answer to women's exercise blues.

Advantage Pilates at Mooloolaba owner Di Clapp said Pilates offered many lifelong benefits.

"Pilates is perfect in winter when you start to feel those aches and pains, because it works on improving your well-being as well as the way you move," Ms Clapp said.

"The best part is that Pilates can complement your existing program.

"So if you are already running, bike riding or swimming, Pilates will help improve your overall fitness in those sports."


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