How To Stay Fit and Healthy This Winter

Winter is here and oh is it getting cold. The dark, gloomy and short days make it more difficult to be active and go to the gym, all I want to do is stay wrapped up warm at home. However, I have goals that I want to achieve and so do you. Therefore, here are some tips to help you stay fit and healthy during the winter months.

 

Warm Up Thoroughly

 

While warming up and stretching is already a key part of stay fit and healthy and should always be done before training, it is even more important now, during the winter months as the cold weather means our joints and muscles are even colder and require more time to warm up.

 

Focus On Your Goal

 

We all have goals we want to achieve and just because it is winter and the festive season does not be we give up and throw in the towel. Being consistent during these months truly shows dedication and commitment to your goal. Set your winter goals, this will help you stay motivated and continue training, my goals are focused on strength and building muscle. Make sure that when you set your goals that they are SMART; specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound; and write them down somewhere, this way you will keep yourself accountable.

 

Kit Yourself Out

 

Purchase the appropriate sportswear for your winter workouts. Making an effort to buy the necessary clothes will ensure you work out, as now you will have no excuses.




 

Fuel Up

 

During the winter months make sure you are fueling yourself properly. Cook up some wholesome stews, soup and bakes. Winter is the season for hearty meals, so take advantage of that. Ensure your meals are perfectly balanced with protein, slow releasing carbohydrates, fats and plenty of veggies.

 

Add Omega 3 Fatty Acids

 

Omega 3 fatty acids are an important type of fat naturally found in many foods, including fish, nuts and seeds. Omega 3 fatty acids can help reduce joint pain and stiffness as they are a natural anti-inflammatory. Furthermore, studies have also shown that omega 3 fatty acids help with depression and mood, which is something people commonly experience during the short and gloomy days of winter.

 

Cook With Spices

 

Cooking with spices is both great for your immune system and can help keep you warm. Ginger, chili, onions, garlic and parsley are the great ingredients to help add flavour to any dish.  Turmeric is a very common spice, and its main active ingredient is curcumin. Curcumin helps to reduce inflammation and it acts as a powerful antioxidant.

 

Buddy Up

 

There is nothing wrong with buddying up and finding someone you can train with. If training with someone else helps you stay accountable do that!

 

Indoor Workouts

 

Just like you don't have to go to the gym to train, if you really don't want to step outside, you can complete an at home workout, that requires no equipment and many that can be done in 30 minutes. Train and remain in the comfort of your own home.

 

Go For Winter Walks

 

Going to the gym is not the only way to exercise and exercise does not have to intense or strenuous. Simply going for long walks is a great way to stay fit and healthy. Going for walks around this time of year is something I highly recommend. The feeling of wrapping up warm and going for a walk outside in the cold and your body warms its self up, and then coming back home and having a nice warm beverage is lovely. Seeing all the beautiful decorations and scenery is another plus, but most importantly you get some fresh air.

 

Drink Plenty Of Water

 

I know that drinking water when it's cold is a lot more difficult than when it is hot. However, our body still requires water and therefore it is important that you continue to drink enough water throughout the day.  Keep a 1-liter bottle next to you on your desk or carry it around with you, this will ensure you drink more water.

 

Drink Hot Beverages

 

Drink hot beverages to help keep you warm, this can also be a helpful tip if you are someone who struggles to drink enough water. Drinking hot beverages can help you stay on top of your water, while it is not the same as drinking pure water, it is still a way to get some water.

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