We’ve all heard the motivating adage that our summer bodies are created in winter. It doesn’t make getting out of bed whilst it’s still dark to exercise any more appealing. Nor does it make those healthy salads or steamed vegetables suddenly seem mouth-watering at the end of a hard day and a cold commute home.
Rugging up, cracking open a nice bottle of red and tucking into a hot steaming curry from your favourite takeaway restaurant … Now that’s what winter’s all about!
Here are some tips to help pull you out of your winter slump.
1. Sweat smarter, not longer
With the shorter days of winter, it can be difficult to get out of bed in the morning or to drag yourself to the gym after work. Luckily, these days, you don’t have to sweat it out for hours in the gym. High intensity interval training gets results faster, leaves you feeling amazing all day and can get you home or to the office in record time. Many fitness centres / group exercise classes offer shorter, high intensity training classes that go for 30 minutes. If you train with a PT, warm up on your own and pay for only a 30 min session. Or if you train on your own or outdoors, rather than going for a long slow run for an hour, stay in bed for an extra 30 mins and hit a local steep hill for 20-30 mins of hill sprints.
2. Plan your ‘can’t be bothered cooking’ nights
This is generally where the wheels tend to fall off in our house. On the weekend, I would have grand plans of cooking elaborate meals every night and do a big shop full of ingredients that would require my time, patience and energy. But by Wednesday, we would be reaching for the Crust Pizza menu. Sound familiar?
What if you had yummy, nurturing, easy winter options right there in your freezer for those nights when you just can’t be bothered cooking? Stack your freezer with food that will support and sustain your health goals and your family. I’m not talking about the chemical and preservative laden, cardboard microwave dinners from the local supermarket. I’m talking about a growing number of amazing home delivery food companies out there that cater for all budgets, dietary requirements and lifestyles. One of our family favourites is the Kamilla Johns range. Her curries are gluten free, dairy free, preservative free and full of flavour. All her ingredients are listed and you can split a $14 curry between two, with a bit of steamed veg or rice. She provides plenty of delicious healthy options for kids, too.
3. Plan your wine nights and enjoy them
Alcohol has a lot to answer for in the extra calorie stakes. But don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you to shun the wine glass forever. Just to be mindful of how much you are actually consuming. A 150ml glass of wine has almost the same amount of calories as a McDonalds Cheeseburger. So if you are polishing off a couple of glasses a night during the week…you do the McMaths!
If having a drink is just a habit to help you unwind after a long, stressful day, then making health your priority and looking into other ways to help relieve that stress, such as exercise or meditation, will benefit you greatly in both the short and long term.
4. Sharing’s caring when it comes to sweat
During the chillier months, catching up with friends tends to revolve around meeting for food or drinks. Why not grab a friend to try out a new activity to get the blood pumping instead? Winter is the perfect time to try Bikram Yoga, or head to your local indoor heated pool for some swimming, indoor rock-climbing, or even trampolining.
After exercise, your body will be craving light, delicious, nutrient rich food. When we exercise, we create natural hormones in our bodies that balance our need for salty, sugary, fatty foods. Our blood sugars stabilise and all we crave is the nutrients our bodies REALLY need that come from whole foods, fresh fruit and veggies, good quality proteins and healthy fats.
5. Failing to plan is planning to fail
Start thinking now about what you want your summer to look like and how you want to feel. Where do you want to holiday? What clothes do you want to be wearing? What activities do you want to spend your time doing?
Do you want to feel confident, glowing, healthy, relaxed? If these feelings are something of a distant goal, ask why this is and get yourself on track now to creating a lifestyle that supports your health and mindset goals.
For more information on creating a plan to suit your goals and lifestyle, head on over to The Lifestylers Co and contact Tenar for your free 30 minute consultation.