We know it’s important to be consistent and look after our health and fitness all year round, yet we may be tempted to neglect our bodies in winter, and spend too much time on the couch munching snack foods.
We might also be dreaming about the warm weather ahead, with outdoor sports and lounging on the beach.
Instead of leaving it until the last minute to get in shape, why not make use of the colder months to prepare our bodies for summer?
Worth its weight
Weight training a few times a week or more helps burn calories, sculpts muscle, and improves core strength in preparation for summer activities.
Try this idea: eat only plant foods during the day, and then eat whatever you feel like in the evening. It’s a relatively easy way to reduce the intake of calorie-laden animal and dairy products without risking cravings.
Increasing the time between intakes of food is an effective way to lose weight and feel great. Eliminate snacking between meals and your body will have time to burn its reserves of fuel properly.
Raw salads might be the health rage, yet cooked veges are satisfying, and easier to digest. Prepare plenty and take any leftovers to work for lunch the next day.
Go for a walk in the clear winter air and take plenty of deep breaths. Regular exposure to fresh air has many health benefits, including increased energy, improved digestion, clean lungs, and a bolstered immune system.
Join the club
Remember to focus on the positives – it might seem like hard work in the rain and cold but it will definitely pay off. There’s no need to go it alone, either. Consider joining a local exercise club, boxfit class, or gym.
Here are some fitness-related sites in Wainuiomata:
- Way of Life Gym & Fitness Centre
- Kia Kaha Fitness (Facebook)
- Amanda Upton Personal Trainer
- Wainui Strong Boxing/Fitness (Facebook)
- Wainuiomata Athletic & Harrier Club
Get in touch with us at The Happy Chemist for health advice.