The amazing summer of 2018 kept going right into October, but it could never last forever. The clocks have gone back, the frosts have begun and we are definitely entering the colder months. As the scarves come out and the heating goes on, winter-proof your fitness regime with these top tips.
The onset of the colder months can mean a dive into the comfort food. Think a little differently with ideas such as winter vegetable fritters, hearty root vegetable dishes and even winter salads. Don’t rule out those complex carbs which are perfect winter warmers.
Most adults in normal health and with a varied diet do not need to take supplements – with one exception. The NHS now recommends that everyone takes a vitamin D supplement from October to April. This is because we make vitamin D from sun exposure, and at the latitude of the UK it is simply not possible to get enough UV in the winter months.
Runners and cyclists don’t need to stop in the winter, but make sure your kit is up to the challenge. Layers are best to keep you warm without making you too sweaty. Make sure shoes (or tyres) are up to wet conditions. Top it off with both hi-viz and reflective items so that you are visible to everyone else.
If you eat properly, don’t smoke and get your exercise you are doing a great deal to help your immune system fight off the bugs. To give it even more of a chance, wash hands regularly, try to stay out of crowded places and quarantine yourself if you do get a cold. It is still not too late to get a flu jab if it is suitable for you.
There’s no need to hibernate. Just adjust your routine and the cold dark months will be no problem.
I love getting active outside when the weather gets colder. It feels great to be keeping warm and active in cold air for some reason.,
oh yes, comfort food - the bane of all us trying not to put on an unwanted winter coat! I will try some of those other ideas.
very timely article as it suddenly gets cold. Time to dig out the fleecy hat with the hi-viz for those morning runs.