As the weather takes a turn for the cold outside, winter needn’t be the unhealthiest time of year for you and your family.
Here are some tips and tricks to help you stay fit and healthy even if you want to stay under the duvet and hibernate, you can keep healthy and fit, no matter what the weather’s like.
Try new activities for the whole family
Regular exercise helps improve your fitness lightens your mood, and boosts your immune system. So don’t use it as an excuse because the weather has turned cold and blustery.
Take a brisk walk and kick the leaves or jump into puddles with the little ones, build a snowman or have a friendly snowball fight. Join a walking group, it is much easier to walk that little bit further if you are having a good natter at the same time.
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Eat more fruit and veg
It’s important to still have a healthy diet and try to include five portions of fruit and veg a day even if it is cold and dark outside, don’t be tempted to grab that chocolate bar if you have a sugar craving try a juicy clementine or satsuma instead.
Stews, soups, and casseroles make hearty family meals and with all the seasonal winter vegetables available such as carrots, parsnips, swede and turnips (these can also be roasted to add a comforting winter meal for the whole family).
Have a good breakfast
Get into the habit of eating a morning meal, everyone ones that it is the most important meal of the day. If you have a hearty breakfast you will less likely to feel the need to snack and you may find that you are not as hungry throughout the day.
Expel winter fatigue
Due to the lack of sunlight, a lot of people feel tired and sluggish during winter. This is because our sleep and waking cycles have been disrupted.
Get outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible. Try to take even just a brief lunchtime walk. Go to bed and get up at the same time aim for about eight hours of sleep a night, don’t be tempted to read or watch TV as this will keep you too stimulated. Exercise in the late afternoon may help to reduce early-evening fatigue and also improve your sleep.
Drink more milk
You are more likely to get a cold in winter, so make sure your immune system is in good condition.
Milk and dairy products, such as cheese and yoghurt, are great sources of protein and calcium. They can form part of a healthy, balanced diet. Choose semi-skimmed, 1% or skimmed milk – rather than full-fat – and low-fat plain yoghurts.
The fat in milk provides calories for young children, and also contains essential vitamins.