As Olaf famously says “Winter’s a good time to stay in and cuddle!”, and as true as that is, it’s important that you keep your health in check, no matter what the weather! But we know it’s a lot easier said than done, so we’ve put together a list of tips to help you stay healthy during the winter. But don’t worry – there’ll be plenty of cuddling time too!
Invest in Winter Sportswear
If you’re a runner, you know how hard it is to keep getting outside when the weather turns colder. So invest in some winter sportswear that will keep you cosy on your runs or on your way to the gym, and have you feeling fly! It’s a fact that when you look good, you feel better, so buy a sports sweater that you really love, in a bright and happy colour that will keep you motivated – and warm – through the winter months.
Join a gym/class
If you’re feeling unmotivated to work out because of the cold weather, it’s a great idea to join a gym or a weekly workout class. It’s not only a great way to stay active, but you might also meet some new people, and you’ll also get your body warm and moving! Staying active is also a great way to keep winter colds and flu at bay.
Get enough sleep
Short, dark winter days can have us feeling tired a lot sooner than in the warmer months. And although it might seem obvious, turning in early can counteract feelings of winter fatigue. Ward off those winter sluggish feelings by getting enough sleep when you can, so that you have more energy and enthusiasm for your days.
Although we don’t talk about it as much at this time of year, it’s still just as important to stay hydrated in wintertime. It can be difficult to drink two straight litres of water if you aren’t thirsty, so change things up and brew some flavoured teas. They’re a great way to stay hydrated and different flavours can have a lot of other benefits as well.
One of the things we all worry about most in winter time is getting sick. Try and stay sickness free by keeping a hand-sanitizer handy, only using your own pens and pencils at work, and take a daily multi-vitamin to help boost your immune system.
Don’t Overindulge – plan your meals, and allow for treats.
It can be SO tempting to just eat your favourite treats and indulgent dinners all winter long to stay warm and cosy, but you’ll be sorely regretting it come Spring! Stay on top of your nutrition by planning your meals. Hearty stews packed with lots of veggies and chilli made with beans can be great winter warming recipes. And be sure to allow room for healthy treats in your plan too. Hot choc is a favourite winter treat; we love Du Chocolat as it is sugar-free, and is made with only natural ingredients, so you can enjoy a treat without any of the after-guilt!
What are your favourite ways to try and stay healthy and motivated throughout the cold months? We’d love to know, so pop in the comments below!