With the winter closing in it is common to take off your trainers and put on your slippers, whilst curling up with comfort food and a good film. However, for those with a bit more willpower there are ways to keep fit and healthy during the winter months.
Exercise in Doors
When it is freezing cold the last thing anyone wants to do is put on their exercise gear and go for a run outside. So instead of just thinking that it is out of your control and that there is nothing you can do about it, try to find somewhere that you can exercise inside.
Obviously there is the option of using your local gym but I find the idea of paying a hefty membership fee puts people off. Fortunately, many schools will let their halls out to sports clubs who charge a small one off fee which are great if you fancy doing some sport instead of running on a treadmill. You could also invest in some home gym equipment like rowing machines, cross trainers and treadmills.
Stews, Stews and More Stews
One of my favourite things about winter hands down has to be the food. It is so wholesome, filling and best of all healthy. I know stews aren’t necessarily known for their numerous health benefits but if you take a closer look the benefits are there for all to see.
For example most stews are based on a lot of fresh vegetables during winter this generally includes carrots, onions, mushrooms and Brussels sprouts; all of which contain numerous nutritional benefits. The second thing you are likely to find in a stew is some carbohydrates namely potato, lentils or beans; although carbs get a bad rep due to their relatively high calorie content they are essential for slow burning energy in winter. Last but not least is meat, very often you’ll find stews contain at least some sort of meat; obviously a lot of red meat is not good for you (although they make the best stews) so try to lean towards chicken or, if you’re feeling adventurous, fish.
This may sound a bit stupid because after all why would you be outside walking if you’re aiming to beat the winter chill? Good question, the answer is quite simply some of us don’t have a choice, we have to walk to work or the station etc. This could be because the walk isn’t long enough to justify using a car or public transport, maybe money is a bit short and the list goes on.
So if you do have to walk instead of inwardly moaning how cold it is as you slowly trudge to the station or office you should try to walk as quickly as you can. This will not only warm you up but it will also burn a heck of a lot more calories than you would normally. So make the ebst out of a bad situation and keep warm whilst doing it!
Josh writes for XXPress PCR an innovative biotechnology company based in the UK.