Keeping active, eating well and staying positive are the keys to a healthy winter lifestyle. It may be dark outside when you get up in the morning and when you get home from work, but there are plenty of ways to keep in shape that don’t necessarily involve going out in the cold and rain.
Here are Fitfood’s top 6 tips for keeping healthy in the colder months:
Invest in a couple of dumbells and do some basic exercises. Even 10 minutes a day will help you build and maintain healthy muscles. Muscle mass burns fat just by existing, so this is a great move for health as well as for self-image.
2. Get a buddy
Goals are easier to achieve when you’ve got someone on side to motivate you, and perhaps for a bit of friendly competition.
3. Make the most of weekends
It’s easy to put on a fluffy hoodie and watch Netflix with a hot choccy. It’s far more beneficial to make use of the daylight to get out and take a walk or a run. Schedule time for exercise and stick to the plan.
4. Join a gym
They’re warm, they’re bright, they’ve got good showers, there’s all the equipment you need for aerobic and strength training, and they’re a great place to meet your exercise buddy. Many gyms offer short-term memberships if you don’t want to continue when summer returns.
That’s right, swim! Indoor pools are the same temperature all year round, and they tend to be less crowded in the winter. Swimming is a great, low-impact, whole-body exercise, and some public pools even have gyms attached with well-priced swim-and-gym membership plans.
6. Eat well
Last but absolutely not least, the key to staying in shape over winter is eating well. Fitfood meals are portion controlled, packed with the macronutrients needed for an active lifestyle, and they taste amazing.