WINTER FITNESS STEPPING STONES


by
Elly McGuinness-Contributing Holistic Health/Fitness Editor


Three Simple Steps to Prepare Your Body for a Fit and Healthy Winter Season

As the cooler months approach it’s time reassess your health and fitness regime. If a fit and healthy lifestyle is something you strive for, have you considered the habits you might want to tweak over this time of the year? 

Maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle certainly requires a year-round focus. Planning and preparation are required to instill habits that will support your goals. Let’s take a look at a few areas to focus your attention for a fit and healthy winter season ahead. 
 


1. Exercise

Take a look at your current exercise regime and consider whether you have the potential to continue with it throughout the winter months. 

 Create an indoor workout plan for the days when you don’t feel like braving the elements. This could include bookmarking your favorite YouTube workouts so they’re ready to go. Or perhaps you’ve pinned the group fitness timetable for your local gym to the fridge 

 Have a ‘super easy’ workout plan ready for any days that you might feel low on energy. Perhaps you’ve got a stretch routine you can follow or a restorative yoga class you can attend 

 Find a workout buddy if you know you’re likely to have trouble with motivation over this time of the year. Perhaps this is the time of year that you invest in a personal trainer, for the ultimate level of accountability 

 


2. Nutrition

You’re probably aware that nourishing food choices are a key part of a healthy lifestyle. Your immune system is likely to be challenged a little more over the winter months, so consider these points to help you to stay as healthy and well as you can. 

 Smoothies and juices can be wonderfully nourishing, but they’re not going to help your body to warm up on a cold day! Instead make sure your cupboard is stocked with warming herbal teas. You can also ensure that you’ve got ingredients on hand to make your own winter wellness teas. Honey, lemon and ginger tea is a tasty winter tea that you can prepare yourself 

 Get a winter specific cookbook or start looking for healthy winter recipes on the web. Think warming soups and slow cooked dinners that are full of vegetables and protein. Spices such as chili, turmeric, garlic and onions can be useful cooking ingredients for the months ahead 

 Consider some supplements such as vitamin C and zinc, Echinacea, garlic capsules, or olive leaf to strengthen your immune system. Make sure you’re aware of any benefits and risks of different supplements, and speak with your doctor first if you’re on any medication 

 

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3. Lifestyle

 Recognize that rest and rejuvenation are just as important for vitality as exercise is! Prioritize sleep and find ways to keep your stress levels under control 

 Check your winter wardrobe is ready to go. Natural fibers that can be worn close to your skin, as well as basics like woolen hats, gloves and socks can help keep you warm and well 

 Learn how to listen to your body and adapt your routine as needed. Some days might require more sleep and rest, whereas there will be other days that you’ll feel like doing a really good workout