As the temperature drops and daylight hours decrease, healthy eating and exercise can take a back seat to comfort food and staying home on the couch.
Did you know exercise could actually help you beat those winter blues? By doing just 10 minutes of exercise your brain is stimulated to release the ‘feel-good’ chemicals, serotonin and dopamine, which can help reduce anxiety and depression. Staying active can also help arthritis sufferers whose symptoms often worsen over winter.
Here are some tips to help you stay active, as well as some healthier, lighter meal options that will still give you that warm and cosy feeling we crave in cold weather.
1. Find new ways to exercise indoors: Don’t use the excuse of it being cold outside to stop exercising. Clear a space in a spare room or your lounge room and run through a yoga session.
2. Team up with a friend: You’re more likely to keep an exercise date if it’s made with a friend. This way you can keep each other motivated and accountable. Also, it gives you a great excuse to catch up with your friends regularly!
3. Make your own soups: Homemade soups are the perfect way to warm up on a cold day. Making your own soup ensures you can control the sugar and salt levels which are often much too high in store bought soups. Take some time on the weekend to make up a big batch you can use for lunches during the work week.
Need some more inspiration for warming food options and exercise options during winter? Lifestyle – Hopewood’s recipe for wellbeing book is your perfect companion during the colder months. It will help keep you on track this winter. It has over 100 mouth-watering, delicious, vegetarian recipes designed to inspire you to eat, move, heal and nurture your body naturally.