What is it about winter that makes it so hard to stick to your usual exercise routine — and so easy to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and a good book?
I’ll be the first to admit that my morning gym routine has slipped a little, and cold nights have me craving comforting bowls of pasta and rice! It’s no wonder many of us feel less than our energetic selves at the end of winter.
I’ve come to realise the reason winter forces us to slow down a little is to allow us to stop and recharge our batteries. Here’s my five top tips to stay healthy, all winter long:
Use your lunch break. Instead of beating yourself up about sleeping in and skipping the gym, head out into the sunshine at lunch to get your daily steps up.
Find balance. Offset hearty bowls of pasta, with low-kilojoule soups and vegie-packed freezer dinners – like this soup and this curry.
Load up on vitamin C-rich fruit and vegetables. Give your immune system a boost with plenty of oranges, mandarins, capsicum, broccolini and Brussels sprouts.
Sip on a soothing blend of ginger, lemon and honey tea. Research supports this warming concoction as a winter flu-fighter – plus it tastes delicious!
Learn to say no. There’s nothing wrong with turning down a social event if a night on the couch is calling your name.
So, embrace the cooler season, pick up our July issue of Healthy Food Guide magazine, and settle in for a cosy couple of months with good food, gentle movement — and plenty of tea!