As the days get shorter, the evenings get dull and the temperature drops, it’s not uncommon for the winter blues to set in. All you want to do is hibernate and eat. However, the colder months are actually a great time to be as active as ever because not only can they help you get the most out of your workouts and goals, but exercise can also be the trick to beating away the winter blues.
Now don’t get me wrong keeping motivated for exercising in winter can be difficult especially with all of the parties and celebrations leading up to Christmas. However there are some real benefits to staying fit and healthy through these seasons.
The colder weather brings in flu and colds which I’m sure most of us all suffer from. If you’re looking for a safe way to prevent colds then regular exercise may be the ticket as its boost your immune system. You don’t have to run a marathon, either. moderate activity is all you need.
Vitamin D the ‘happy hormone’ is created by the sun’s rays on the skin, and therefore declines during the winter. Start to take Vitamin D tablet or spray. Your body needs vitamin D to help with the absorption of calcium that forms healthy bones and teeth. The body converts vitamin D into a hormone to provide help for many body systems and organ
If you’re feeling low because the summer is over & you have the stress of Christmas rapidly approaching the again another benefit of taking Vitamin D had a link to uplifting people mood.
Cravings vs Real food
As soon as it starts to get cooler, our appetite goes up for high-calorie, high-carbohydrate foods we crave stews with mashed potatoes, Pizzas, anything full of carbs as we want to feel warm and cozy. You can still get all of the satisfaction from food in the winter without overloading of potatoes and pasta. Have a stew but swap the potato for cauliflower mash and the pasta for courgette. Just think how much better you will feel come January knowing you didn’t eat you way through the winter?
Set a goal
Your goal can be anything you want. It can relate to your life, a dream holiday you want to save for, a little black dress you want to look great in for the Christmas party, something that will motivate you. Remind yourself daily of your goal this will give you something to focus on through the winter.
Accept the season
Even though winter may not seem so terrific to us all, it does bring a lot of things. The celebrations, the quality time with the family and the reflection on the year and what the next may bring.
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