YOU CAN STILL EXERCISE IN COLD MONTHS
STAYING fit and motivated in winter is a challenge but not impossible, according to the experts.
Sarah Messer, the dietitian at Rooty Hill’s Sydney Gymnastic and Aquatic Centre says there are plenty of ways to ensure the winter weight does not creep on.
“Maintain regular physical activity,” she said.
“Don’t allow the cold to turn you off your training sessions. In fact, one of the best ways to warm up is to exercise.
“If you’re finding it too cold and dark to get up for a run in the morning, try mixing it up and run during your lunch hour or in the early evening.”
Ms Messer also recommended starting the day off with a low-kilojoule but filling breakfast such as oats with low-fat milk or baked beans on wholegrain toast.
To satisfy those ever-present comfort-food cravings, she said planning ahead was the best way to overcome kilojoule-heavy food.
“Bulk up casseroles and soups with vegetables, lean protein and legumes or barley,” Ms Messer said.
Diligence is the key to preventing extra weight gain.
“Continue to limit your intake of high-fat treat foods to just once a week or on special occasions only,” Ms Messer said. “Warm up with healthy drinks.
“Choose small, skim-milk hot drinks such as hot chocolate or herbal teas to maintain hydration.”
Keeping a food diary, regularly weighing yourself and talking to a professional are other effective ways to help keep you motivated this winter.
Keep moving over the winter months with indoor group classes.