As the colder months draw in and longer nights stretch out, it’s easy to lose motivation. This loss of motivation can have an effect on your overall wellbeing. While it’s tempting to spend an evening curled up warm on the sofa, our experts offer their advice on how to banish that all too familiar sluggish feeling and how to stay motivated in the colder months – so you can take charge of your busy schedule this Winter!
When the weather gets colder, it is our natural instinct to stay warm by eating comforting, starchy foods. This can have an effect on our gut and digestion as these rich foods can make us feel sluggish and bloated. Keep your plate loaded with fresh fruit and vegetables.
Eat a balanced diet to keep your energy levels up
The cold weather and lack of sunshine often leaves us feeling tired and unmotivated. Another reason you should be eating a balanced and healthy diet in order to provide your body with the correct nutrients it needs to help keep you going through the colder months, this includes fresh vegetables and fruit, fresh or tinned fish, free-range eggs, unprocessed meats, unroasted nuts and seeds, whole grains such as oats and brown rice, beans and pulses and dairy products. Ultimately this means limiting your intake of high-sugar foods, refined foods and most things that come in a packet with a long list of ingredients.”
Look after your Joints and Bones
In the colder months especially, it’s important to pay attention to your joints and bones. You may be able to relate when someone says they can feel the cold right through to their bones, as many people with joint problems find their symptoms flare-up at this time of year. Keep yourself moving with gentle exercise or hitting the gym will do wonders to keep you flexible and raring to go.
Work out with friends
But we know, chilly weather can definitely knock your motivation down but falling off the wagon with your exercise routine can dampen your motivation even further. When it’s cold sometimes the last thing we want to do is put on our gym clothes and go for a run – but the endorphins from exercise can help give you that extra boost. Try working out with your friends or joining an online community for support. If it’s not possible to exercise with your friends directly, then try an online workout programme that has a social media group that you can join, so you can share your progress and challenges with others.
Managing the cold & flu season
rIn the chillier months, our increasingly busy and hectic lifestyles often mean our health can take a hit in the way of colds and flus. If we’re feeling a bit rubbish and more susceptible to illness our motivation can feel zapped. Dr. Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading nutritionist explains how getting enough sleep can help – “Sleep is important for your health as it gives your body time to recharge its batteries and repair cells. When you don’t get enough or you have a restless night you can feel irritable, lack concentration and can become more vulnerable to infections as your body does not have the strength to fight its own battles.” Make sure you get enough sleep to keep colds and flus at bay so you can stay motivated and ready for anything.
Top Tip: “Magnesium is known as ‘nature’s tranquiliser’ and is needed to relax our muscles and nerves, which helps us to fall into a peaceful sleep,” explains Nutritionist Cassandra Barns. Cassandra recommends taking KalmAssure Magnesium Powder by Nature’s Plus (£24.50, www.naturesplus.com). This supplement provides high-quality magnesium in a orange flavoured drink mix, helping your body to unwind and get in enough sleep.