Summer has come and gone, and now it's time to face the winter. Of course, that doesn't mean we should pack away our gym bag and trainers. If anything, try to see the winter as a time to get stronger and improve your fitness and wellbeing. So how do you live a healthy lifestyle in winter? Here’s a few winter wellness tips to see you through the colder months feeling and looking your best.
1. Get enough Vitamin D
Many people struggle to get enough vitamin D in their diet during the winter months due to lack of exposure to the sun. So make it your business on days when the sun is shining to get outside and make the most of those rays. Also, ensure you’re getting enough vitamin D in your diet. Fatty fish such as tuna and salmon, as well as cheese and egg yolks are packed with vitamin D. It may also be taken as a supplement but first consult with your doctor.
2. Keep exercising
This is an obvious one, but it can feel harder to get done during the winter for several reasons. The main reason exercise can feel like a chore during the winter is due to the cold weather and lack of daylight. If your going to the gym in the morning or evening, it is likely to be in the dark. It will also likely be cold. This shouldn't stop you from getting those sessions in. Remember, the work you put in now will pay off down the road!
3. Eat well and maintain a balanced diet
It's important to keep your spirits and motivation up over the colder months, so that means getting good quality nutrition in.
Homemade soups, stews and plenty of fruit and vegetables are the order of the day here. Home made smoothies are also a quick, easy and nutritious way of getting your nutrients in. Whatever it is, make sure you aim for balance, just like the rest of the year.
4. Team up with a workout partner
This is really beneficial, especially during the winter. A workout buddy will not only make you more likely to go to the gym or take a brisk walk, it will also give you a sense of accountability. When you know someone else is relying on you to show up for your workout it's far more likely that you will actually show up and get that workout done!