Some people really struggle to maintain their health goals at this chilly time of the year. It can be harder to stick to our regular fitness and nutrition routines, which can make it a little harder to work towards our overall goals. Check out our healthy winter tips to help you get through the colder months, which will pay off when summer comes around!
- Keep hydrated. It is so easy to forget to drink water in winter because we tend to go for warmer drinks (teas and coffees). While tea or coffee can add to your water intake, the caffeine can be dehydrating, which can have the opposite effect. Herbal teas or even sipping warm water is the best choice between meals. If you struggle to drink water, check out our blog ‘How to Drink More Water’.
- Load up on your veggies!!! Find our quick reference guide to Low Carb Vegetables. Create a list of your favourite Low Carb Comfort Foods and recipes to keep you on track. Soups, stews and casseroles are loaded with lots of veggies. More veggies mean more vitamins, minerals and fibre, which will keep us healthy.
- Meal prep (ish). No need for hardcore Meal Prepping. But stews, casseroles, soups, and bolognese with extra grated veggies are all fantastic meals for bulk cooking. Pop them into containers, and have them ready to go when there may be nights of ‘can’t be bothered’-ness.
- Keep Active! Look for indoor training options that keep you motivated. Or work out at home. Perhaps set some fitness goals to keep you motivated over the next few months.
- Vitamin D. Always check with your health professional first before taking any supplements to ensure if you really need to take them. We can lack vitamin D in winter because of the lack of sunlight and being indoor more. Vitamin D is especially necssary for bone health, energy levels and can even boost your mood. As well as from sunlight and from a supplement, you can find vitamin D in the following foods: butter, eggs, fatty fish and milk.
- Sleep. This really should be an all-year-round thing. But winter is known to be the hybernation season, so it’s important that you’re getting the adequate rest your body needs. Lack of sleep can affect your immune system, which will leave us vulnerable to the odd cold or virus. You can find tips to improve quality of sleep here.
- Wash your hands. It goes without saying that you should wash your hands! But it is an important reminder that in the winter months, germs spread easily from a hand that has been sneezed on and touched something. With flu season in full swing, there are people sneezing and coughing everywhere, so make the extra effort to wash your hands or use a hand sanitiser when you’re out and about.