Autumn is on its way and is coming around so quick. While it is one of the most beautiful times of year, the change in the season can take its toll on both our minds and our bodies. So, I’m here to lend a helping hand in getting you prepared and ready for the more sluggish greyer days ahead.
When Autumn hits and winter creeps its way towards us, your body goes through changes. This is normal. You will likely start to feel less enthusiastic towards exercise or getting out and far more enthusiastic about sitting on the sofa and scoffing crumpets. So how do we make sure we keep ourselves as healthy as possible and active during this time?
Staying healthy and eating right in these colder months isn’t just important for staying in shape and giving you that energy to get up and stay active, but it is also really important for keeping you healthy and helping you avoid colds and flu bugs.
At this time of year there are some absolutely brilliant seasonal foods and I suggest eating plenty of these goodies. For example, increasing your intake of root veggies will help you get the boost you need, but won’t make you feel bloated and sluggish, as these are full of energy but not starchy carbs. Or another great superfood that are out in our beautiful countryside at this time of year are blackberries. These are completely brilliant, full of antioxidants (which will contribute to fighting off bugs) and they also aid in healthy skin, which in the Autumn when the tan starts to fade, will help keep our skin looking bright and healthy. Go out with some Tupperware and gather your blackberries, they are great to have in the fridge to snack on, or perfect to add into salads and make delicious healthy crumbles, yes, I did say HEALTHY CRUMBLE!!! Check out my recipe in my last blog!!
Another tip I would give you all, is to start prepping your meals ahead of time, because when it’s cold and miserable, it’s so much easier to give in to naughty temptation, but if you have your meals and snacks ready to go, not only is it easy to stay on track, but after a long day at work, you can literally walk in, grab your dinner and CHILL!! Perfect.
So now for keeping it together while staying active. When the days grow shorter and it’s dark and damp, the last thing you want to do is either wake up early to train or face it after work. So, my best advice is to create a plan that is manageable, something you can stick to and actually enjoy.
Try making your workout more intense, but shorter. You really don’t need to be stuffed in the gym for hours, you can get great results from short sharp killer sessions. Keep your heart rate up for the full 20 mins using HITT training and see your body get brilliant results.
Another thing I like to do to keep me focused through the months, is to set a goal or challenges, something to work towards. You can either do small monthly goals to get you closer to your main end goal that you set for the summer, or a few smaller challenges you set for every few months. There’s some awesome autumn and winter running events all over the country like the iNVNCBL event in Cardiff which is sponsored by Gluco. These types of events are not only fun but can fill you with so much pride when you complete them so why not give them a go?!?
Make sure that with any training you do outdoors, you wrap up warm and always have dry clothes to get into afterwards. Catching a chill is the last thing you want to kick off your Autumn. Refuel after your workout with a boost of Glucose, Electrolytes and Vitamin C with GLUCOISO, as well as loading up on some superfood goodies to replenish your body and keep you strong and healthy.
So get food prepping, go out into the countryside and forage for those berries, make some warming root veg soup and create goals to keep you active and focused through the Autumn leading into winter.