Fitness – Getting into Shape in Winter – Healthy eating: Recipes
Fitness Jun 19, 2018
Oh, the early mornings of winter. As if waking up and leaving the comfort of your warm and always-welcoming bed is not difficult enough! We know your pain and have done some homework to find the best, and warmest, ways to keep healthy and in shape through the coldest quarter of the year.
A few minutes is better than nothing so if you are, for example, a mother and cannot get to the gym then simply do a few minutes of exercise before you get into the bath or shower. Something as simple as the below can make a difference if done consistently.
Monday 50 squats
Tuesday25 lunges each leg
Wednesday 50 push ups
Thursday Skip rope for 5 minutes
Friday Run on the spot for 5 minutes Saturday Stretch for 10 minutes
If you can get to the gym, a great idea is to sleep in your gym clothes. Now, this may sound strange, but you’ll feel differently at 04:00am in the morning when there is no need to bare your body to the cold to change clothes. It does not matter if your gym attire is slightly creased, since let’s face it – the gym is not a fashion parade.
Alternatively, book a class and pay for it! This will incentivise your attendance and drive to get that booty up and out of bed – leaving no excuses. Another airtight driver is to schedule your workout en route to or from work so you have no excuse to not attend or better yet find a friend, a strict one. Cancelling on a friend is never a good feeling, neither is being scolded by one for not being disciplined.
Now that we have gotten you to the gym, I’m sure you are feeling stressed out about all the pressure of actually getting there. And, when you are stressed we advise that you make the medicine ball your best friend since, as we know, throwing things as an adult is frowned upon. But throwing a medicine ball as hard as you possibly can onto the floor or wall (please choose wisely) is simply great across the board; a massive stress reliever and… not frowned upon.
Remember to also reward yourself after a workout, not by eating a slab of chocolate or an entire bag of crisps, but with small things like with a soothing bubble bath or lovely cup of hot chocolate or milo before bed. Be strict with your body but also be kind to it.
Finally, integrate fruit into your diet, more so than before. These winter months require your body to have more vitamins and minerals in order to avoid illness. This integration does not have to be extreme but ideally you should be consuming three whole fruits per day. This can be done by working fruit into your meals, like muesli with fresh cran/raseberries or sliced mango or strawberries with a salad. For all your health and fitness needs visit Rosebank Mall.