It’s easy to neglect what’s best for you in winter, reach for comfort food and avoid exercise to stay warm inside but by doing so you’re at risk of gaining up to 6 of those unwanted pounds over the autumn spell. Why not take these small steps to keeping healthy this winter, helping you feel better than you ever have before?
Stick to your exercise regime
Don’t let your enthusiasm for exercise die down in the colder months, set yourself an easy autumn fitness plan that helps you maintain the same level of fitness you uphold in the summer but which adjusts to darker, wetter and colder days outside.
Take an autumn stroll through a local park with your partner, friends or family, wrapping up warm and putting on a sturdy pair of walking boots – it’s an easy way to burn calories, increase your blood circulation and give your heart and lungs a boost with some much needed fresh air.
If you feel like pushing yourself that little bit further with more intense exercise such as running, remember that you should spend extra time warming up before going out in the cold as your muscles will be tighter in the colder temperatures, which could potentially lead to injury.
Part of the reason we tend to pile on the pounds in autumn and winter is often down to developing a stronger desire to eat fatty foods to comfort ourselves and keep warm. It’s therefore important that while you might want to eat heartier meals, you also make an effort to eat the foods that will feed your body the vitamins it lacks in autumn and provides you with enough nutrients to fight off colds and flu.
Get everything you need from these seasonal foods: pumpkins and other squash, hearty greens like Brussels sprouts as well as other fruits and vegetables, which are dark and rich in colour like kale and pomegranate – all of which are packed with the essential vitamins and minerals to help you get through the colder seasons.
Get a good night’s sleep
It might not seem like much but getting a good night sleep is vital to help your immune system function to its best ability.
An adult should ensure that they are getting between at least 7 and 8 hours solid sleep a night to help battle seasonal colds & flu. This should all however, fall into place easily for you if you aim to maintain the first two steps as well – eating well and keeping fit.
These simple and straight-forward steps are easy to carry out on a daily basis and will of course ensure that you stay healthy throughout autumn.
What are your top tips for staying healthy in the colder months? Leave a comment below.
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*This post is in association with AXA PPP*