Taking care of your body this winter is vital. With the cold weather comes flu season and you can
find your body lacking in important vitamins. Follow our tips below to make sure that your health
and fitness comes first this winter.
Join a gym
If your excuse for not running is that the weather is too cold, you need to sign yourself up to a gym!
You have pretend to be out in the summer heat on a bike or picture running down a sunny beach on
a treadmill. Avoid the nasty chills outside by spending a few hours a week sweating it out in a gym.
If you’re not feeling inspired by the gym equipment, join a few classes to see if you can find an
exercise plan that suits you. It could be a lively zumba session to cheer you up on grey days, or a
pilates and yoga class to keep your mind focused and free from outside stresses.
Plan your meals well
It can be tempting to spend your nights after work in cosy restaurants by roaring fires. But doing
this all the time can lead to your diet suffering. It’s unlikely that you will be choosing to eat a salad
and a water every time you go to a restaurant after work! To ensure that your body is getting all the
nutrients and vitamins it needs, you should spend most nights of the week eating at home. This is so
you can prepare your meals yourself so you know what is going into your food. Make sure you are
getting plenty of vegetables and indulge in some carbs to keep some insulation for when it gets icy
cold! You might not feel like eating it, but make sure fruit is still a staple of your diet and make the
most of warming winter stews and soups, filled with vegetables, lean meat and nutritional goodness.
Make simple switches
A good way to get healthier this winter is to make a few simple, everyday changes. When you’re at
work it can be tempting to snack on chocolate or crisps for energy. By switching this for a piece of
fruit, a pack of nuts or an oatmeal bar, you could feel fuller for longer. You can also start taking the
stairs instead of the lift at work or when you’re out and about. If you do this a few times every day,
you’ll start seeing a change in your fitness over time.
Get fit in the comfort of your own home
Going outside when it is grey, rainy, foggy and snowy sounds like something you’d want to avoid.
So if you don’t desperately have to leave your cosy home, you should lock that door, crank up the
heating and get as comfortable as possible! If you want to get fit you can do this at home easily.
There are plenty of great workout DVDs and Youtube or Instagram tutorials to get you moving in
your living room. Invest in a yoga mat, some weights and some comfortable workout clothes. You
won’t even have to leave your home to fit in some vital cardio!
Get a gym buddy
In winter we have little motivation to do much more than leave our beds to go to work. So at the
weekend or in the evening it can be tempting to hibernate. But if you have a friend or partner who
also wants to get fit, you can give each other motivation and inspiration to get moving. Plan specific
days to meet at the gym and book yourselves in fitness classes together. Share and swap health
eating ideas and don’t let each other slack off and skip the gym for bed!