Eating healthy foods and regular exercise are key factors in maintaining good health. Unlike summer when we are more likely to be active and eat a balanced diet, in the winter months we tend to hibernate and reach for comfort food. But it is important that we eat nutritious seasonal foods and exercise every day, all year round. This will help boost your immune system, fight off colds and remain focused, positive and energised. Research tells us that: 1. Eating well helps to reduce the risk of physical health problems like heart disease and diabetes. It also helps with sleeping patterns, energy levels and general health. 2. Physical activity can help greatly with maintaining mental wellbeing. The endorphins that the brain releases during exercise help to improve mood, energy levels and even sleep. Together, these positive effects help to improve self-confidence and resilience. So, enjoy the cooler months by rugging up, taking a walk in the park or kicking the footy before heading home to a hearty winter meal.
Top tips for good nutrition and staying active during winter: • Ensure you have a protein-packed breakfast to keep your energy levels up throughout the day. • If by the time the afternoon rolls around you’re still craving sweets or carbs, be sure to have low-fat and healthy snacks on hand. • Hunger can often be a sign of dehydration. Be sure to drink plenty of water during the day and with each meal. • Incorporate exercise into your day by walking part of the way to work, having walking meetings with your team or going for a walk during your lunch break. • Plan your exercise at the beginning of the week and line up your schedule with a friend or family member to encourage each other and stay motivated.