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With the shorter days and the colder all-round weather, staying on top of our health and fitness in the winter can become even more of a chore. Some people might let diets and health kicks slip, while others simply can’t be bothered to go to the gym when it’s cold and wet outside. We’ve all been there, right?

Despite the lack of motivation that can set in, it’s important to maintain our overall health and not lose focus of our diet and exercise routines. A Netflix session, a cheat day in terms of food or slipping into a parallel universe with Reacoonz for Canadian-based players is understandable, but there needs to be a balance. The winter months can throw up numerous illnesses or risk of weather-related injury, which is why it’s important we keep everything moving and maintain our regular fitness routines no matter what the conditions are. That is, of course, easier said than done at times, though.

While James Argent and others continue with their fitness turnarounds, here are a few ways to help you keep on track with your health and fitness in the winter too.

Fight those carb cravings

The cold weather is known to power up our cravings for all things carbohydrate, which is fine if balanced well but there can be a trend of people stocking up on carbs during the coldest spells of winter. Instead, keep your energy levels up throughout the day by eating a protein-packed breakfast. If you require something more carbs centric in the day, then try a healthy snack or a low-fat treat.

Add Omega 3 fatty acids into your diet

The health benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids are well documented, with it found in many natural foods we eat daily, such as nuts and fish. Omega 3 fatty acids are great at reducing joint pain or any stiffness you get, which can typically occur in the colder months when people pick up injuries and our bodies tend to ache a bit more. A number of studies have shown that the consumption of Omega 3 fatty acids can help lower the level of depression, too, something that people can experience during the shorter and darker days in the winter.

Fibre is important

The soluble fibre we tend to get from consuming foods such as nuts and oats is known to decrease inflammation while also boosting the functionality of our immune system. Fibre also contributes towards lower levels of cholesterol and aids any winter diets you may wish to undertake. Fibre is important throughout the year, but especially in the winter for older people, who may need a high-fibre diet to aid their digestive system and enable them to feel fit and healthy.

Plan your exercise a week in advance 

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To make sure that you don’t lose any motivation as the week progresses, write down your desired exercise routine on a Sunday and come up with a plan for the week ahead. Be specific and choose the exact routines you wish to carry out, as well as the amount of time you want to do them for, alongside things like your start and finish time of your workout.

Cook with mushrooms

Mushrooms have a range of health benefits, including several immune-boosting benefits which can fight off a whole host of different illnesses. The likes of white button or shitake mushrooms pack one hell of a punch in terms of goodness and can be fitted into a variety of dishes. Be sure to add a few mushrooms to your dinner this winter!

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