6 Things You Can Do In Winter to Get In Shape for Summer

  1. Eat more protein and Veg/SaladProtein takes longer to digest and keeps you feeling fuller for longer, it also helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. Even snacks should have at least 10 grams of protein.
  2. Drink more water and tea’s (like green tea skip the sugar and milk)Research suggests the some 75 percent of people may be chronically dehydrated and we often mistake dehydration for hunger. Regular water consumption can curb snacking for the wrong reasons and boost energy.
  3. Train with a friendWe all have those days when you just cant seem to get to the gym or on the road for a run or walk. Commit to a training programme with a friend and you are more likely to stick to your commitment. Set goals together and hold each other accountable for your progress.
  4. Be carb smartThere is a misperception that carbs are the enemy. You can eat bread and pasta, but quality, quantity, and timing are key. Carbs like vegetables, or those with protein and fiber, like beans and dairy, should be the bulk of your intake. Try and stay away from empty and refined carbs. You can have bread, pasta, and rice (starchy carbs) after a workout, when your body can best use them but 12:00am after a jol is probably not a good idea.
  5. Don’t skip mealsHave you ever tried going shopping on an empty stomach and you buy everything you see? Same when going to an event starving, you eat anything and everything that comes your way. Not skipping meals not only revs up your metabolism it also makes you steer clear of temptation. Eat normally throughout the day so you have willpower to only enjoy eating in moderation.
  6. Shorten your sessionWe all know in winter the days are shorter and we really struggle to get the time to fit everything in. Why don’t you try a short workout video at home or try a 30 minute walk to get you started. A good idea is also to break your sessions up. Do cardio every alternating day and top up with weights in between.

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