When winter is upon us our motivation to exercise, keep up with our beauty regime and eat healthy foods tend to plummet along with the temperature.
But it is so important to keep active and take care of ourselves all year round.
During the cooler months you may just need to adjust your routines and plan ahead to ensure you are in top shape when the warmer weather comes back around.
Here are some tip for taking care of your health and beauty over winter:
It is so much easier to stay in bed or on the couch on cold, chilly mornings and evenings, but you could be doing your body harm by slowing down your level of physical activity.
There are great alternatives to avoiding cold temperatures - get out for a walk at lunch time; sign up for a gym class such as yoga and workout inside; swimming is also a great way to stay fit, especially in a heated pool. You could even try something different like indoor rock climbing, ice skating or visit a trampoline park.
Winter is a great time to travel, so why not plan a trip that involves something active? Plan a ski trip to the snow, or travel north and soak up the warmer weather by getting out and about.
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Winter is notorious for dry skin thanks to cold air, wind and heating.
It is important to use a good daily moisturiser. Swap your water-based moisturiser for an oil-based moisturiser (look for non-clogging oils like avocado oil, almond oil and primrose oil) for better results.
Don't forget the sunscreen when you are heading outside. People often forget to apply sunscreen during winter because you don't get sunburned as easily but UVA rays can damage your skin all year round.
As the weather cools down, it is easy to forget to drink enough water. You still need at least eight cups of water a day. Rather than cold water try herbal tea or boiled water with a slice of lemon.
In winter it is tempting to reach for comfort foods (often those high in fat, sugar and salt like chocolate, chips and biscuits). These comfort foods offer little or no nutritional value so the best thing to do is to limit or eliminate them entirely from your cupboard so you aren't tempted to indulge.
Instead, find comfort in food such as warming and nourishing soups and stews that are full of flavour, herbs and healthy vegetables.
When the days are gloomy, the winter blues can set in. Find a ray of sunshine in even the darkest of days by maintaining a good diet, exercising and getting plenty of sleep as these can have a big impact on your mood and energy levels. Stay social by catching up with friends, have a laugh, listen to your favourite music or do something nice for someone else.