Eating a healthy, balanced diet is another way to support your body. Consuming too many processed, high-fat, high-sugar foods can leave you feeling sluggish and therefore unmotivated to exercise. Instead, focus on eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein and omega-3 from fatty fish.
Make Your TV Time Count
It can be tempting to spend all your free time under a blanket watching TV with a hot drink in autumn and winter, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that occasionally, as it’s a great way to switch off your mind and reset your batteries.
Instead of scrolling through your phone or flicking between the channels during the ad breaks, this can be a great opportunity to fit in some extra exercise. Many hour-long programmes have at least ten minutes of adverts, and you could use this time to get up off the sofa and do some of the following:
- Star jumps
This is a great way to get some quick exercise in, as you know that you can stop as soon as your programme comes back on, and that you’re doing your body some good despite your lazy day!
Embrace the Great Outdoors
In Norway, there’s an excellent mantra that there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. If you’re wrapped up well with plenty of layers and have shoes with a good grip for dealing with puddles or piles of leaves, there’s no reason you can’t exercise outdoors in the autumn and winter.
Getting outside for some fresh air can also provide your mental health with a boost, giving you time to reconnect with nature.
So whether you’re going for a walk, a jog, a bike ride or testing your balance at an outdoor ice rink, there are so many fun ways to exercise outdoors during these months.
Turn Housework into Exercise
Exercise doesn’t have to be high-intensity; it can be something as simple as vacuuming (think of the effort involved in dragging the vacuum up and down the stairs), dusting the whole house or even giving your hob a good scrub.
Putting some good old-fashioned elbow grease into your chores as you channel your inner Mrs Hinch can help you to burn extra calories, meaning you’ll be staying active without even thinking about it.
Learn more about supporting your fitness levels with a helping hand from MINAMI: