Winter can be a difficult time to keep up your exercise routine and maintain a healthy balanced diet. The call of pumpkin spiced lattes and mulled wine is especially strong when the nights are long and daylight hours are spent with work or study.
Here are three way to make sure that, even though your body is telling you that you’ve reached hibernation station, you can still keep fit and healthy.
Eat Your Fruit and Veg
It can be tempting to fill up on stodgy sugary, fatty and unhealthy foods when it’s cold and raining outside. Just because it’s cold out, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get your RDI of fruit and veg though!
If you find yourself craving a sugary treat, why not reach for a juicy satsuma or clementine?
A whole host of vegetables are in season too. Winter veg such as carrots, parsnips, swedes and turnips can all be roasted, mashed or turned into a warming soup. Explore varieties of fruit and veg you may not normally eat. You might just be in for a tasty surprise!
Have a Hearty Breakfast
Winter is porridge season. Eating a warm bowlful on a cold morning isn’t just a tasty way to start your day, it also helps to boost your intake of starchy foods and fibre.
It’s these foods that can help you feel fuller for longer and give you energy, so stopping the temptation for a mid-morning snack. Oats are also a great source of vitamins and minerals. A real double whammy!
Send Tiredness Packing
Many of us feel tired and sluggish during winter. This may be due to a lack of natural sunlight which can disrupt our natural sleep and waking cycles. To banish this feeling, try to get outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible. If you can, why not try to do your daily run or HITT session at lunchtime when the sun is out?
Exercise can help with stress, which has been shown to make you feel tired. When we’re struggling to eat as healthily as we’d like, we love to finish a workout with a glass of VÖOST Magnesium. The benefits of Magnesium include that it helps maintain the normal function of muscles and the nervous system. The fizz and citrus flavours also really quench the thirst.
You should be able to get all the vitamins and nutrients you need, including Magnesium, from a balanced diet (with the exception of Vitamin D). But consuming enough of the right foods each day can sometimes feel like a big ask when you’re busy.
Supplements can help support your diet and fill any nutritional gaps, if you struggle to get your recommended intake. Don’t let winter derail your health and fitness goals!