Here we are again. It’s Winter already! That time of year where those pesky (and that’s putting it nicely) kilos creep in somewhere between too many delicious risottos, creamy pastas and those endless cups of hot chocolate with a marshmallow or three.
But who really cares because it’s the season to pull out your favourite coats and scarves, so if your waistline isn’t in view, those extra kilos don’t even exist…right? Maybe that way of thinking will make us happy and content throughout the chilly season but what happens when the weather warms up again.
It’s a cheeky cycle and for many of us, we gain weight over winter, spend the next few months trying to lose them in time for Christmas, enjoy the summer with afternoon barbeques and salads of every kind, late afternoon walks and then the weather begins to change and we become less motivated to keep moving and back to square one we go.
Wouldn’t it be amazing to take on what feels like the ‘inevitable winter weight gain’ and enter the spring season without having to be flicking through the latest diet trends in a shear panic to get ready for the horse racing and Christmas party season ahead?
Here are a few tips I’ll be trying this season…fingers crossed!
Make Opportunities To Exercise Inside
Exercising in the warmer weather comes easier, as we are naturally more active when the weather is warmer and the days seem longer especially when daylight savings is in. This winter I’ll be prepared for changing up exercise routines by making opportunities to exercise indoors and planning better for exercise during the afternoon, as by the time it gets dark and cold my motivation will be non-existent 😉
Get a Good Nights Sleep
We all know we need the right amount of sleep so that our bodies can do their ‘R and R’ thing to allow us to wake up feeling good and ready for the day ahead, so I’ll be making sure that the house is not too cold, and the air conditioner doesn’t make it too warm and dry, to ensure a good nights, uninterrupted sleep.
Drink Lots of Water
It’s so easy to forget because we simply don’t feel like drinking cool drinks on cool days, but we know it’s good for us, its beneficial to keep hydrated (especially if you often get chapped lips) and can assist in feeling fuller so I’m going to make a conscious effort to continue drinking water throughout the day.
Prepare Your Food In Advance
The flu season will create an entire smorgasbord of reasons why you should immediately sit down, snuggle up and eat the yummiest thing you can grab on your way past the kitchen and onto the lounge, so I’ll be prepared by cooking and freezing some delicious and healthy homemade soups and broths. Lentil Soups, Mushroom Soups and my favourite chicken and veggie soup…yum!
Replace High Calorie Drinks With Low Calorie Drinks
It’s so easy to warm yourself up in the morning with a cuppa tea, get through your day with endless supplies of coffees and end the night with hot chocolates. It’s just all too easy to forget that these calories all add up, so I’ll be dropping the hot chocolate and coffees and replacing them with green tea and warm water with lemon.
What are your hot tips to avoid weight gain through winter?