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Start planning your winter health and exercise

It might seem like winter is a long-time away, but the truth is that before we know it, the weather will be colder, and the days will be longer. Winter brings a variety of issues that you might not find in the summer months. Particularly around health and exercise.

So, before things get too cold, here are our top tips on planning your winter health and exercise.

Keep exercising

The first tip is to make sure that you always try to keep exercising, even if the weather isn't too kind. Exercising no matter what is happening outside is suitable for your mental and physical health and is also a way to make sure that you de-stress too.

You might not always be able to work out as you usually do due to the cold and wet outside, but that doesn't mean you have to give up on your fitness goals completely. You need to think about what type of exercise you would be doing outside and coordinate your inside exercise to work the same muscle groups.

Think about other commitments

The winter can often mean that you have lots of invites to celebrations and events or simply round to friends' houses for an evening with good company. It is essential that you achieve an outstanding balance in your life during the winter and that you say yes to these invitations. While they may take you away from your exercise and fitness plans, they are just as crucial for your mental health and can improve your mood.

Do your best to stay warm

It can be hard to stay warm when the weather is cold outside, but you do need to try your best still that you can. If you are home, snuggle under a blanket and enjoy the warmth; if you are outside, make sure that you do your best to wrap up and wear clothes that help you stay warm.

Layers are excellent in the winter as they help to trap air inside and warm it up. Not only this, but if you are heading inside at any point, you can remove some layers and keep your temperature even.

Get plenty of sleep

Now, we don't think that we should all become bears and get into our cages ready to hibernate during the winter, but it is a good idea to try and sleep as well as you can. Sleep is good for your health and well-being and allows your brain and muscles to rest and recover.

Eat the right foods

Many people find that they crave comfort foods during the cold weather, which makes sense. However, you must try to keep your diet as balanced as possible. Eat a wide variety of foods, including fruit and veg. The more variety you get and the vitamins and minerals you can take in.

The main aim for the winter months is to stay active, eat well and look after your body and mind. Before you know it, you will be through the coldest weather, and we will be back in the heat again.

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