Winter is upon us which means the struggle to get out of bed on the cold dark mornings is real! Nobody knows better than me, how important it is to look and feel good in January as I pour myself into skin tight lycra for the return of ITV1’s Dancing On Ice. Keeping this in mind, I thought I would share with you my top 3 tips on keeping t this winter.
Tip 1: Don’t be afraid of the cold!
If you’re struggling to find time to work out, wrap up warm and take a brisk walk to increase your heart rate and get a sweat on! Power walking at a fast pace can be just as good as any form of exercise and is kinder to your joints than running.
Tip 2: Carbs can be your friend!
During the cold winter months you need to make sure you’re eating properly before exercise to keep your body insulated. Registered Dietician; Nancy Clark recommends eating 60 minutes before exercising as this will kick start your metabolism and raise your body temperature by up to 10 per cent more than on an empty stomach. Carbs commonly receive bad write ups, but they are essential fuel especially in the winter time to help keep a balanced diet.
Tip 3: Change it up!:
I’ve often found while training for Dancing on Ice and Teaching Zumba regularly, my body becomes too conditioned to the routine of my weekly exercise, it almost knows whats coming! Change it up! Swap and change your workout routine as without knowing, your muscles can become immune to the exercise you’re doing. Simple rule of thumb, when you get bored with your workout, change it.
Read Dan's article in the New Year issue of Health Magazine