Summer is the perfect season for fitness and keeping in shape. Everyone is ready for smoothies, jogs in the sunshine and açai bowls galore. In winter, however, we find ourselves drawn to hotter meals. Comfort food is on our minds and often we will tie this to one of our biggest winter worries; weight gain. But is this really such a bad thing?
Something which isn’t brought up enough is that our bodies actually rely on fat during winter. Our love handles are very close to our kidneys, and that extra bit of podge which we tend to dislike, is actually protecting us from not only injuries, but also the drop in temperature.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you now have an excuse to eat pizza throughout the winter months (though a girl can dream), but it does mean that if you let that little bit of fat get to you, you will be fighting a losing battle.
So what should we be focusing on? Sticking to a balanced diet and getting regular exercise.
It’s easy to be swayed by comfort food when it gets colder, but there are many options for eating well while enjoying warming, hot foods. Soups, stews, burritos (who can say no to a hot and spicy burrito on a cold day!?) are just a few examples.
If you’re an on the go type person, meal prepping is definitely the way forward. Take a day or two to whip up some tasty and healthy dinners, to freeze and defrost for the days you will need them.
When it comes to exercise, you have two options to keep yourself going to the gym. For both of these options, it always a good idea to get your bags packed the night before, that way you can up and go in the morning without worrying.
If you’re an early bird, a class or workout before work is a good way to get the exercise done and out the way.
If you want to get as much duvet time as you can, then it’s better if your make sure you hit the gym as soon as you have finished work. Classes are always a good way to make sure you get a good workout done.
If you don’t have a gym membership but still want to workout check out our top 5 workouts that don’t require a gym.
The important thing though, is that no matter what you do this season, you need to remember to love your body regardless of a bit of winter weight gain. Nourish it, love it and remember that your body will always be your own, no matter what size you may be.
Words by Lacey