Though yesterday was oddly warm, all one has to do is look outside to know that summer has gone and cooler months are upon us. While I miss the never-ending sunshine and consecutive beach days (a lot), there are some great things about the colder months, most specifically the warm soups, full-bodied wines and those “let’s stay in” moments with our nearest and dearest. But let’s be honest; staying healthy and active isn’t always so easy when there are so many temptations to indulge in heartier meals and stay under-the-covers on dark mornings.
Today, I want to share a few tips for staying the course.
Have rich and healthy snacks on-hand. Peanut or almond butter slathered on an apple or piece of warm pumpkin, thick, greek yoghurt with warm honey and nuts (which being lactose intolerant, I cannot have) or even warmed blueberries over oats can all satisfy like the unhealthier options that will no doubt be tempting us.
Have a Stay At Home Workout Plan. A DVD, free weights, yoga mat and a balance ball are enough to help a day in be a day off.
Set Up a Buddy System: Take turns carpooling or meet at the local cafe for a pre-workout coffee or tea. When you have someone else relying on you, you’re more likely to go.
Plan your meals ahead of time and keep a food diary. A little food prep will go a long way in terms of keeping your meals from moving into the full sugar and starch territory. Keeping a food diary will also differentiate what you’re craving and what your body actually needs.
Don’t beat yourself up. In the cooler months, our bodies tend to crave more rest, and that’s OK. It’s all about balance, in our bodies and our lives.
Do you feel its harder to stay healthy in Fall and Winter?