Winter is certainly not everyone’s favourite time of year. With colder days, longer nights and a higher prevalence of seasonal chills and sniffles, it’s a period during which many of us can end up feeling drained and worn out.
However, a seasonal slump is not inevitable, and winter can be a great time to work on getting fit and healthy. The following tips are just a few ways you can get through the chillier months in one piece:
It’s amazing how staying active can help fend off a whole host of ailments, and a cooler climate is not an excuse to ease up on our exercise regimes. In fact, winter can be a great relief for those who dislike the heat of summer and can be a great time to exercise in relative comfort. For those who struggle to find motivation, joining a team or club can be a great way to build up a routine and make new friends. Which brings us on to the next point…
Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD) is a common mental health issue that can come about during winter when days are shorter and the sun shines less brightly in the sky. Social interaction is a great antidote to this often overlooked issue so, if you’re feeling low, call a friend or get out into the community.
Eat plenty of fruit and veg
For those who want to stay healthy, winter should not be a time for overindulgence. Eating plenty of fruit, veg, and complex carbohydrates is a good way to take in good nutrients and make sure your immune system is at the top of its game. What’s more, winter is a great time for certain types of produce and can inspire delicious recipes. See below for a sample recipe:
Healthy winter recipe: Kale and Broccoli Salad
Kale and broccoli thrive during winter months, and come together to make a delicious and undeniably healthy salad. The dish is incredibly easier to put together, and you will only need a few ingredients. These include:
- 1 bunch of kale with the stalks removed
- A small head of broccoli
- 2 small apples (unpeeled)
- A selection of mixed sprouts (chickpeas and onions would do nicely)
- Sunflower and sesame seeds
- Small cup of mint
- Dry roast the sesame and sunflower seeds and set to the side
- Roughly chop the kale, shave the broccoli, and cut the apples into small sticks
- Rub the kale between your fingers to soften it, and mix it in with the broccoli, mint and apple. Toss in with your favourite dressing, add the seeds, and serve.