How to stay in shape in winter



Your best body is made in winter!

Thinking about bikinis in winter seems far-fetched, but what you do now will see you reaping the benefits come summer!

As the weather changes, so do our eating and exercise habits. The cold has us craving hearty, comforting meals, and before you know it you’ve gained five kilograms, easily hidden under baggy clothes. Don’t let winter weight-gain get you down this year!

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Get motivated

Before you start your plan to stay lean this winter, make a commitment to your health! Fitness personality and
Mi Whey ambassador Roxy Barker has five simple tips:

  1.  Write down your goals. It’s the first step to a routine.
  2. Set realistic weekly goals – and stick to them! Approach your activities as weekly, manageable workouts
    to avoid giving up.
  3. Encourage yourself. Look for things that help motivate you, whether it’s people around you, or looking back at how far you’ve come and where you want to be.
  4. Stay focused. Don’t let anything – family, bad days, cake – distract you. The feeling of success is far more satisfying!
  5. You are your number one fan. Not everyone will understand and support your goals, so you need to be
    doing it for you. Don’t let anyone discourage you.

Eat well

Healthy eating is easy if you’re prepared. Plan your meals for the week and stock up on healthy, warming options.

  • Make sure your meals are balanced with healthy carbs, protein and fats, so that your blood sugar levels stay constant and don’t crash – keeping your cravings at bay!
  • Eat something fishy. A good intake of omega-3 fatty acids is critical, says Sandi van Zyl, wellness programme manager at Virgin Active South Africa. Aim to eat at least two ‘seafood’ meals per week. Plus, the protein will satisfy that ‘comfort food’ craving. VIEW OUR SEAFOOD RECIPES HERE.
  • Lose the sugar. Avoid chocolates, sweets, cooldrinks and refined sugar. They’ll throw your blood sugar levels out of whack, leaving you back where you started: miserable and craving unhealthy food!

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Keep up the exercise

During cold mornings and evenings exercise seems like a gloomy prospect! But there are a few reasons to brave winter exercise, says Wendy-Joy Timmes, head trainer at Adventure Boot Camp:

Cold weather exercise is more effective
Endorphin production is amplified, as the body works harder to regulate core temperature. This extra work will also torch more calories!

Beat the blues
By staying active, you can beat the seasonal sadness associated with the shorter days and frosty weather.

Make exercise part of your daily routine
It’s much easier to slot it in on the way to work or on your way home. It’ll keep you motivated and your mind alert during the colder months.

Get enough sleep

Lack of sleep increases the level of cortisol in your body, which leads to weight gain and water retention. Aim for 7-8 hours a night.

READ MORE: BREATHE YOUR WAY TO BETTER SLEEP 

FEATURE: TARYN ARNOTT VAN JAARSVELD PHOTO: FOTOLIA.COM


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