With Christmas coming round the corner, it’s far too easy for us all to tuck into all the chocolate and forget about our five-a-day that doesn’t come out of a tin of Quality Street. Of course you’re allowed to treat yourself, but you shouldn’t throw all healthy habits out of the window. Whether you’re looking for a healthy lifestyle change, or just want to be good now in order to indulge on the big day – there’s plenty of steps you can take to make some healthy life choices this winter.
When it gets dark so early, it’s tempting to go straight home and get settled on the sofa. Going for a run in the cold and dark requires a lot of motivation, not to mention lots of layers. Even if you have the motivation, it can be hard finding the time to exercise amongst getting everything sorted and Christmas socialising. However, there’s plenty you can do to keep active in the colder months. You could try exercising in the comfort of your own home with online workout videos. Grab a flask and go out on a wintery walk. Get your blood flowing and find something that works well for you.
Fresh Fruit and Veg
Hopefully this goes without saying but fruit and vegetables should still be making a regular appearance in December, not just honey-glazed in a roast dinner or a chocolate orange. Have you ever considered growing your own fruit and vegetables? With the help of a polytunnel, you can grow your own fruit and veg throughout the year. Onions and peas are pretty tough crops and can withstand the cold. Bonus: you can use each of them in the Christmas dinner, and save yourself some money on the weekly food shop. Get your green thumb at the ready.
Look After Yourself
It isn’t just your physical health you should keep an eye on over the winter months, but your mental health, too. Did you know that, according to scientists, your brain works differently throughout the year? Research shows that our brains peak during the summer and at a low in the winter. So if you’re finding it harder than normal to get out of bed, don’t beat yourself up about it. Even though Christmas is a time for showing our loved ones we care about them, make sure you’ve got a self-care routine and looking after yourself, too. Your self-care routine should be one that works for you.