Staying healthy during the cold weather seasons

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The autumn and winter seasons are without a doubt my favourite time of year. It’s everything from the burnt orange leaves that litter the floor to the crisp blue skies that can be seen shortly after dawn. These seasons are filled with so many magical moments but they can sometimes be detrimental to my health and fitness routine. It’s hard to wake up and workout when the sky is still black.  And sometimes it’s hard to eat healthy when all I want to do is eat bread, a loaf of bread… just give me all the bread! My wedding falls just after the New Year so this year I’m focusing on keeping my skin and body in optimum condition. Here a few fitness and health tips to help keep you on track during the winter season. It’s much easier than you think.

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Train in the morning

I’m a morning person but trust me, even I know how hard it can be to get out of a warm bed in the morning. But the quicker you exercise, the quicker it’s over. I always feel less motivated to train in the evenings too, especially when the constant lack of sunshine leaves me feel tired. HIIT (High intensity interval training) is my go to method of training when winter hits. It gets my blood pumping quicker than steady state cardio and it also requires less time. Win, win. The best thing about HIIT is that you don’t even have to leave your house, so I have teamed up with Reebok to bring you a full body fat burning HIIT circuit  to do on the days when it’s cold and raining. When you’re tired, hungry and trying to find every excuse in the book not to train. You’ll thank yourself for doing it and when your new Reebok kit and Workout TR 2.0 trainers look this cute, it’s kind of hard not to workout!

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Moisturising is key

Winter, I love you but oh how you wreck havoc on what was once my baby soft skin! I suffer with Eczema and it always seems to flare up around winter time. My dry skin already struggles to stay high hydrated, so during the winter I step up my moisturising game. Twice a day, everyday. And I keep a pot of coconut oil on me for emergencies and to help give my skin that sun kissed glow! I apply coconut oil religiously to my under eye area because the skin isn’t very thick. Dab a little bit of oil under your eyes first thing in the morning and before you go to sleep to keep your skin looking healthy and feeling hydrated.

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Take a lunch break

During the winter we spend less and less time outside, especially when we are at work. A walk in the winter chill isn’t how most people enjoy spending their lunch break, but it will do you the world of good by giving your skin a little vitamin D boost. I didn’t actually realise the benefits of vitamin D until I started working for a health PR agency and now I believe that it is the King of all vitamins. Try to spend some of your lunch break in the sun, no matter how cold it may feel! Vitamin D helps to boost your immune system to fight off winter colds, so go and soak up every last drop of that winter sun.

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Watch your alcohol intake

In the weeks leading up to the big festive season, the glasses of wine and the cocktails get more frequent by the day. If it’s not someone’s Birthday then it’s a staff party and if it’s not a staff party, it’s mulled wine with your friends. Or mulled wine on your own as you sob yourself silly watching PS I Love you. I always feel like I look “softer” around Christmas and it’s because of all of the sugary alcoholic beverages! So this year I’m going easy on the festive drinks. I’m not one to preach about how much you should or shouldn’t drink, but… if you want to maintain your muscle mass, ditch the wine and go for a gin and slim. (I’m kidding…Kind of!)

Let me know if you have any more tips on how to stay healthy during the cold weather seasons!

This post was a sponsored collaboration with Reebok and DW Sports but all views and opinions are of course my own.

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