There’s no doubt that, in winter, it’s harder to get out of bed, your motivation to get out of the house is lower and honestly, life becomes a little more challenging – both physically and mentally. The days get colder and it feels like every second person you know is fighting off the sniffles.
But the fact that it’s winter doesn’t mean your healthy habits (the ones you practice every other season of the year) have to go out the window. If anything, it’s these habits that help you build a strong immunity for when you need it the most!
To help see us through these last few weeks of winter, we asked mum, personal trainer, speaker and writer Lauren Patterson to share her tips.
“When it comes to looking after yourself and your family, consistency is key,” says Lauren. “Maintaining those habits all year round will not only look after your health, it will also rub off on your kids too.
“I remember when I was a kid, our primary school had a winter sports tournament between all the local schools and when I think back on it now, it was a great way to keep us active and moving during winter – I’m from south east Victoria where it gets really bloody cold during the cooler seasons. We didn’t have summer sports because we were already out on the oval or on the basketball courts anyway, so now I realise the purpose of what they were doing. Mind blowing.”
With this in mind, Lauren shared the below tips to keep well during winter and all year round:
- Exercise: When it’s colder, you have to work harder to warm yourself up, plus it makes you feel really awesome.
- Stay hydrated: Keeping hydrated keeps your body at a normal temperature and helps your body fight off the bad stuff.
- Eat up those veggies: Lots of greens does wonders for your body on any day of the week, but especially helps your immunity throughout the colder months.
- Vitamins: speak to your naturopath on how you can give yourself a little extra loving to decrease your chances of catching a cold or flu.
- REST! Listen to your body and don’t overdo it. I always recommend that my clients stay home if they’re not feeling so great, have a tickle in their throat or feel a cold coming on. Rest is essential to letting your body catch up with itself and recovery!
Lauren also recommends including your kids in your exercise routines so that they’re getting out and active too, involve them in your grocery shop and let them pick the colourful veggies to get them excited about eating them and never underestimate the value of a cuddled up movie night with them.
“Looking after your health is more than just physical, it’s mental too,” says Lauren. “Keeping active, eating well and having time to rest are things you should be doing all year round.”
In the colder months, when these habits do tend to drop off, it can really affect how we are feeling and can even develop into bigger and more serious mental health challenges.
“This is why it’s so important to really keep in tune with yourself and your family, to make sure that you can live your best life – all year round!” says Lauren.