It’s that time of year, daylight savings has been and gone, the temperature is dropping and I have been feeling a bit like I’m plateauing at life ha ha, I know I could be doing better on the to do list front. How about you?
At this time of year staying in bed seems like the preferable option to getting in that morning workout and after work its dark, making it easier to head straight home after a long day. I totally get it, however this is the most important time of year to keep with the routine. Avoid the temptation to hibernate and keep at it, you will feel better for it.
I’ve been feeling a bit like I’m cruising on the work front for the past couple of weeks, I recognised this and made plans to re-energize myself. I am someone who likes to have a plan and achieve, when I don’t have a clear goal I start feeling blah.
How can you keep the energy levels high this winter? Do you need to tweak your exercise routine, do you need a new goal or do you need to change what times you are working out? Have a wee think and come up with a plan to stick with it, I say this a lot, exercise should be something you also enjoy, try new things and have fun.
I’ve been re looking at my nutrition recently, not in a dieting way, though seeing where I can make tweaks and how to add in even more vegetables. We want strong immune systems at this time of year, food is our medicine. Think citrus fruits, broccoli, garlic, ginger, almonds, spinach, green tea, turmeric and sunflower seeds. Aim to spend your money on food first and supplements after. I would suggest having a full blood test to see what your body is lacking before spending on supplements, making sure the ones you are buying are working for you. For me this winter, I will be topping up with vitamin D and Zinc supplements as I’m always really low in both.
Ok so were going to focus on food and keep to our routines, how else are we going to transition into winter? New weather proof gym clothes, waterproof trainers, workout dates with friends, a good waterproof jacket perhaps. Lets aim to make everything as easy as possible.
Not convinced? Remember consistency is the key, it’s what you do most of the time that impacts your health. Yes looking sexy for summer is a bonus, though that’s not what being healthy is about, being healthy for me is about living an active, pain-free, full life, one in which you feel content and happy with yourself.
What you eat and how you move this winter, as we speak effects how you will feel and look in the future. I don’t know about you, but I’ve made plans to live until I’m 100. I joke with my clients when I say this, though I do believe it, everyday is a gift.
This winter, give yourself the gift of health.