Winter has finally arrived. It is normal during these months to sit all day in the office and then come home to watch Netflix, the Euro’s or MasterChef. It becomes easy to do nothing, which only your future self will regret. So be the person who finds it easy to do something, and put into practice these 5 simple ways to stay healthy and active this winter.
1. Eating Healthy – if you are like me, sweats and sugary treats are so easy to get a hold of, especially during the colder months. These sugary pieces of goodness may make you feel warmer and happier now but as winter turns into spring you will be dreading the extra kilo’s you have put on. Ensuring you balance your intake of good wholesome food with the occasional sugary treat will allow you to keep off the unwanted weight.

2. Group Workouts – self-motivation can be difficult, especially early in the morning because of the cold, or after work because of the energy sapping demands of sitting behind a computer. Group workouts are a fantastic way to not only get a good sweat, boost your physical confidence, ensure you are more focused at work, but also to meet new people or further develop friendships.

>3. Indoor Activities – there are a range of activities that you can do indoors to stay active, including ten-pin bowling, rock climbing, squash or even swimming. Yoga, pilates and aerial yoga are all options available, with significant scientific proof, to improve your core strength, general flexibility and improve your balance.

>4.  Set a goal – we can all agree that exercise during the colder months is difficult from a motivation perspective, but it can be made easier by setting a realistic goal and sticking to it. For example, each year more than 60,000 Sydneysiders participant in the City2Surf, however most do not train for the 14km and heartbreak hill prior to running. One of the common grumbles we hear from our patients is the lack of preparation time they had for the race. So start now, give yourself a realistic goal and watch how motivation becomes the last thing on your mind.
>5.   30-day Challenge – I love setting myself challenges. Sometimes there is no rational explanation to why I do it, I just do it. Despite being a confessed chocolate and cookie monster, I have given myself the challenge of going a minimum of 30 days without it. For some, you will find this easy to do, for others you will find it easy not to do. Whatever your challenge, give yourself 30 days and just go for it, you will surprise even yourself of what you can achieve when you simply put your mind to it.

Larry is a highly skilled physiotherapist who specialises in treating back and neck pain, postural issues and scoliosis. He is certified in Schroth and SEAS methods and through the Egoscue University. Larry has a background in elite gymnastics and springboard diving and also has many years experience in endurance running and triathlons. His specialist knowledge and techniques have seen him appointed as a gymnastics coach and physiotherapist at both the Olympics Games and Special Olympics.

His passion and driving philosophy is about achieving the best outcomes for his patients utilising an amalgam of the latest techniques and theories while recognising there may sometimes be a need for invasive procedures. Where deemed appropriate Larry will then refer to a specialist. To further his holistic understanding and approach, Larry is currently undertaking a Ph.D. in Spinal Deformity and regularly attends and speaks at international conferences and courses and clinics.

Fun fact: Larry is learning how to surf - so be careful next time you go to the beach! Qualifications: B.Sc (Physiotherapy); M.Sc. (Exercise Physiology); Advanced Certificates in Schroth (BSPTS) and Egoscue (PAS) and SEAS Larry is Level II certified (advanced) in the conservative treatment of Scoliosis based on the Schroth method. The training was conducted by Dr Manuel Rigo of the Barcelona School at Scoliosis Rehab Inc in Wisconsin. He has completed his SEAS scoliosis treatment training at ISICO in Milan. Larry has also spent time working with Dr Rigo in the Barcelona clinic. Larry also has advanced certificates in shoulder treatment, posture alignment therapy and acupuncture.