Winter is definitely here. Feel that chill? It may be a long road ahead until we see sunshine again, but that’s doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the cooler months. Use our tips to help you stay on track through winter.
1. Eating a healthy diet
One of our favourite things about winter is the delicious, hearty food. There are soups, stews, curries and so many healthy yet tasty dishes to make you warm from the inside out, while helping you stay on track with your healthy eating goals. Root vegetables like beets, carrots and turnips can withstand the cold, making them more accessible during winter. Add some roast carrots to your meals for a boost of Vitamin A.
2. Getting out in the elements
Rug up and get out in the elements. Just because we can’t see the sun during winter doesn’t mean you can’t get your daily dose of Vitamin D. Experts recommend two to three hours of midday sun exposure throughout the week to help get your dose of Vitamin D. Getting out into fresh air will also help your skin stay hydrated, as the stale heater air can cause your skin and hair to dry out and feel unhealthy and dull. Just don’t forget the SPF!
3. Drink more water
There are so many benefits of drinking water and this is why we encourage you to get the recommended daily intake (eight glasses) regardless of the weather. Upping your water intake in winter is very important to fight skin dryness, as cold weather and dry winds extract moisture from your body and make skin dry. Drinking plenty of water will help keep you hydrated and make your skin vibrant all year round.
4. Knowing when to rest
It’s normal to feel run down and sluggish in winter. The days are shorter and nights are getting longer so naturally our bodies want to sleep. If you don’t feel up to it, don’t force yourself to do a workout. Listen to your body and give it what it needs - a nap, a warm bath, a good night’s sleep or some alone time. Taking care of your body is paramount.
5. Stay accountable
Just because it's cold and rainy outside, it doesn’t mean you can’t exercise. There are plenty of great exercise classes to keep you motivated during winter. You should still be getting at least 30 minutes of exercise in a day regardless of the weather forecast. If you need extra motivation, book in some PT sessions or FIIT30 classes to keep you accountable.
Find a class that works for you.