Don't let those gloomy, chilly winter mornings put you off your healthy streak. Here, Rachel Finch gives us her seven top tips to stay on your game from June through to the warmer months.
Update your work out, ward off colds, and embrace time indoors—for Rachel Finch, these are just a few of the best ways to stay motivated, happy, and healthy when the temperature drops.
1. Switch up your routine
32% of Australian’s admit that trying a new workout would help them stay motivated over the winter. Trying a new and exciting routine can make working out something you actually want to do and prevent boredom.
HIIT (high-intensity interval training) is a very effective style of training in limited time, it gets your heart rate up, boosts your metabolism and you’ll be burning fat even after your workout is finished!
2. Eat immune-boosting foods
Avoid letting the winter sniffles stop you from working out by eating foods that are rich in immune-boosting qualities, like vitamin C, zinc and iron.
3. Practice mindfulness
Dedicating time to being ‘present’ and letting go of your thoughts can have powerful effects on your wellbeing, especially over winter when our moods are easily affected. Meditation helps keep your internal clock calm, giving your mind and body a good chance to restore and repair. You’ll also notice a greater connection to your intuition and how your body is feeling on a deeper level.
4. Drink up
Drinking enough H2O will help your body regulate weight and ensure your organs and muscles are doing what they should. I make a point to fill my metal drink bottle with water at the start of every day, then plan to refill it 2-3 times, sometimes more, depending on my activity levels.
5. Get writing
Writing down your goals and the reasons behind why you want to maintain your ideal weight or keep the excess weight off is a great way to keep you on track and remind you on those challenging days! I have a list of notes in my phone that include my goals and values which I refer to regularly.
6. Eat balanced meals
Winter treats can really get the better of us, with 54% of Aussies blaming weight gain on being cooped up at home indulging in comfort foods. I aim to include equal parts on my plate of veg/fruit, carbohydrates, good quality protein and healthy fats.
7. Think fat!
I’m talking about healthy fats including avocado, nuts, seeds, fish, olives and good quality oils. I used to think fats, of any kind, were the enemy and I would cut all of it from my diet. As I’ve learnt more about nutrition and the importance of essential fats in the diet, particularly for females and hormonal regulation, I can’t get enough! I’ve noticed a huge difference on my moods and menstrual cycle too.