Autumn is here! As much as we hate to hear it, it’s true. And with the change in season comes not only a drop in temperature and sunlight, but our overall health.
If you’re not sick, it can be hard to tell how much autumn and winter take a toll on your well-being. Our mood, physical activity and diet can all change instantly.
Ready to prepare for the cooler months? Read on to see some ways you can ensure you stay fit, strong and healthy until next May.
1) Find an Indoor Activity
As the temperature starts to drop, you may lose motivation to go outside, unless you have to. Getting up in the morning is hard enough, but fall mornings tend to be chilly. Even if you like to think you can push yourself through cold weather on dark nights, you most likely won’t last as long as you would in spring/summer.
Finding an enjoyable indoor activity will keep you in shape. There’s plenty of indoor activities that are fun and creative. Rock climbing, badminton and aerobic classes are good examples.
Trapeze, pole fitness and martial arts are all unusual ways of staying fit, but really challenge your stamina, core, and upper body strength. Why not make this the season to try new things?
2) Try a Personal trainer
If you’re finding it hard to push yourself as your mood and incentive dip, why not get someone to give you a boost? London personal fitness trainers will ensure that you stick to your fitness and diet goals. They will also provide you with support when you need it, and cater your plan to your schedule.
Personal training can provide results unlike any other type of fitness.
Not only are the results reliable, but they are rapid. Set your goal for autumn, and feel the buzz of your achievements at the Christmas party!
3) Alter Your Diet the Right Way
Colder weather makes you crave carbohydrates. You can resist all you want, but there’s something about those dark, long days that makes you grab that extra portion, or pile your plate more than you might have a month or so ago.
Be aware of the changes that are going to happen to your eating habits and alter accordingly. Consider those evenings you may be stuck inside instead of going to the park or exercising on the beach for hours.
If your know the gloom of the evenings will make you reach for the cookies, get an exciting range of healthy snacks. Try exploring a salad of your favorite exotic fruits and natural yogurt.
It’s okay to eat more, because your body does need it. Just make sure you eat the right carbohydrates – whole grains, nuts, wholemeal bread, bananas – and stay away from carbo-loading when you won’t be burning it off.
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4) Boost Your Immune System
Prepare for the seasonal-change bug that we have all had the misfortune of meeting every so often. The temperature shift invites a whole new variety of viruses to breed. This is the time of year our immune system needs us most.
You could even add a dash of turmeric for that anti-inflammatory benefit.
Start on Vitamin D supplements now, too. They generally take a couple of weeks to kick in, but they will help stock your body up on vital vitamins. This will boost your mood, and your energy so you can maintain your life – and your workout – as best you can.