It’s not uncommon to bundle ourselves in layers to keep during winter. We typically become less active and eat more, which means that we tend to gain a little weight during the colder months.
Aside from the physical implications, the lack of sunshine and fresh air can also impact our mental health. Seasonal affective disorder, known as SAD is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. While it can happen during spring or summer it’s most likely to occur during the colder months.
We want to help you tackle winter! We’ve got 5 ways that you can eat well and maintain a healthy body this winter:
It’s freeee-zing today, you are struggling to stay warm, and you know a hot, toasty meal will make you feel a lot better. We often tend to lean more towards choosing white carbohydrates like pasta, bread, chips, and cakes when we are cold.
White carbs are digested quickly and cause your blood sugar and insulin levels to spike, which can lead to weight gain.
If you are feeling those carbs calling you how about making a switch to wholegrain carbs – think brown rice, quinoa, and wholemeal bread.
Because we are often wrapped up in blankets or throwing on layers of clothes to keep warm those extra kilos can often sneak up without us even realising.
Our Yunmai Scales doesn’t look at your weight alone, more than a traditional scale; the scale comes with an app the also records data like your BMI, body fat, water, body age, bone mass and more. These features enable you to have a comprehensive overview of your health.
Being aware of where you are at and monitoring your progress can help you to stay on track.
Replace some of those white carbs with fresh veggies! Fresh veggies are loaded with vital nutrients. Getting regular servings of veggies means that you will be able to eat well and maintain a healthy body and they are simple to prepare! Add them to soup, make a warm veggie salad, or use them as a side for a protein.
The alarm goes off at 5.45am, and you look out the winder and notice it’s raining. You sigh and you notice that it’s so cold you can see your breath. It’s not exactly enticing, is it? Getting up to exercise in the winter can be a real struggle. Perhaps it’s this time of year when you mix it up and work out in the evenings, or you make it easy to get going by having all of your gym gear next to your bed. Preparation is key! It is also important to remember that physical exercise not only helps you physically, but it can also help you to feel better mentally.
Bugs run wild in winter! It feels like everyone around you has a cold, or perhaps even the flu. There are some preventative measures you can take, like getting a flu shot or taking lots of vitamins. It’s also important to make sure you maintain good hygiene habits and encourage everyone around you to do the same. Wash your hands thoroughly throughout the day with warm soapy water. If you cough or sneeze make sure you wash your hands and make sure that you have some hand sanitiser around.
Remember, eat well and maintain your fitness throughout winter and try to maintain these habits all year around.