Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Danielle Jarvis MT DRUITT-ST MARYS STAN­DARD, Wed­nes­day, July 1, 2015

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.

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