When it’s cold in the morning, darker in the evenings all you want to do is sit in bed with a cup of tea. Believe me, I know. But all that hard work you did in the summer cannot go to waste. Having warming and homely foods don’t help that waist line either… But you don’t want salads. What now?
If you work full time it’s pretty tricky to get out of bed in the morning for work let alone to go for a run. The same with coming back home. But there are plenty of ways you can keep yourself moving without having to face the cold, dark winter.
From the comfort of your own home, you can work out simply by going onto Youtube, downloading a workout online or buying a workout DVD. I use the Skinny Bitch Workout video when I’m travelling or if it’s too cold to leave the house. Yes, the instructors are annoying. Yes, the title is stupid. But it works you out. I’m certain there are a tonne of better workout videos out there, but try and find one that is right for you by going online to view their demos.
Attending classes are a fun way to get fit. Classes last usually an hour and they don’t feel as tedious as a session on the treadmill. Having others around you also gets you motivated. Zumba is a personal favourite as I love the music and how it makes me feel when I’ve done it.
If you need a little motivator, a personal trainer is what you need. They help you develop your workout, assist with your fitness goals and push your limits. Having a personal trainer has taught me so much about fitness how I can achieve my personal goals. Plus the workouts they set up don’t need to be done every day!
HEALTHY WINTER FOODS
This is such a tricky one. Looking out the window when it’s dark, grey and wet all I can think about is having a tea and some biscuits. Once I’m home from the horrible outdoors the idea of sausages (veggie ones pour moi), mashed potato, peas and gravy is the dream dish. But with autumn/winter taking up over six months of the year (in the UK anyway), I know that gravy every night isn’t going to be good for me. So, what can we do about it?
Why not make chunky soups with a few slices of wholemeal bread? Have more warm, cooked, white meats with your salads or steamed vegetables. Have jacket potatoes with tuna, salad and sweetcorn. All are healthy and will keep you cosy and full!
Also, keep portions to a decent size, eat slowly and experiment with some delicious looking winter recipes here.
You don’t want to be one of those people who eat and eat all the way up until the end of December and then say “I need to lose weight/get fit”. You want to get to New Year and think, “yes I achieved my goal, let’s continue.” And considering it’s been hard to get to where you are now, so why ruin it? Yes, treat yourself when you fancy some chocolate but don’t binge. Manage the quantity that you eat so you don’t feel bad.
Remember, it’s important to be HEALTHY as opposed to skinny. Eat well and exercise and the rest will follow. However, it’s perfectly okay to take some time off to have the chocolate and Coca Cola. Everything in moderation!
How are you planning to keep fit this autumn/winter?