Fitness expert Andrew Schneider provides his top three tips for staying active in Winter. He says any exercise we do during winter is going to benefit our body - not only our body but also our mind.

Make sure you see exercise as an opportunity. Anything that we do during winter is going to benefit our body - not only our body but also our mind.

My top three tips to be active during winter:

First of all, start small. Don't go hard too early otherwise you might get injured and you're back to square one again.

Secondly, 30 minutes is what we’re trying to achieve every single day in physical activity. We want to be active in as many ways as we can, little blocks throughout the day. A 10 minute walk at lunchtime, walking up and down the platform of the train station while you’re waiting for the train to arrive. Little things throughout the day can add up to your 30 minutes.

Look for 10,000 steps every day as well. See exercise as an opportunity.

Lastly, try and pair up with someone - a work mate, a neighbour, a family member. If you're active with someone else, you’re certainly going to help each other be more motivated and active during these winter months.

Most important thing about exercise is finding something that you enjoy. Not everyone likes going out for a run - so why not go and try some yoga at your local gym – increase your flexibility and decrease your stress levels. Or jump on an exercise bike and watch your favourite TV show, and in the ads peddle a little bit faster to get your heart beating faster.

You might even like to try boxing with the punching bag, doing 2 or 3 minutes each day.

So the most important thing to remember, especially during winter - just get out and be active in as many ways as you can. Don't feel as though you have to go and do a gym class for an hour. 30 minutes of accumulated physical activity is what we should be aiming for each day. 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there – it all adds up and it’s going to benefit not only your body, but also the way we feel during these colder months.

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Last updated: October 2015

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