Trying to stay healthy in cold or rainy weather doesn’t mean you need to shun traditional comfort foods. When you have finished your exercise or workout, try a warming chicken curry with wholegrain rice, a thick lentil soup with brown bread or a crispy baked potato served with baked beans.
The protein from these winter warmers will help repair damaged muscle tissues while the complex carbohydrates will restore glycogen levels.
HEALTH: Many people view exercise as boring and obligatory, or as a punishment for bad eating. If this sounds familiar you should try looking at things from a different perspective. Think of your trips to The Gym as a break from the stresses of the rest of life and surefire way to boost energy, mind and quality life. You may soon find that you need less persuading to go!
EXERCISE: It is important to make fitness fun if you want it to become something you look forward to rather than dread. Listen to your favourite upbeat music as you work out or try running with a group of friends (or even your dog!). This will not only put an extra spring in your step but may actually push you to work harder.
NUTRITION: We live in a fast-paced world where we often eat on the run, in front of the TV or at our desks while we’re working. The result is that we consume much more than we need, often without realising it or truly enjoying what we’re eating. Counter this tendency by practicing “mindful” eating: pay attention to what you eat, savour each bite and stop when you’re full. You will not only eat less, but your mealtimes will feel more nourishing and enjoyable.