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5 simple ways to keep moving this winter

Throughout the winter months, many people struggle to find the motivation to exercise, and it’s not uncommon to hear of a case of the “winter blues”. What’s more, when our fitness drive takes a dip, joint aches and pains seem to rise, writes Justine Switalla.

If you can commit to your health and fitness goals and focus on small daily changes, you can beat the winter blues and head into spring feeling energised and healthy.

My top five tips to keep moving this winter:

Find an exercise that you love

If you can find an exercise routine you enjoy, you are much more likely to stick with it! Choose a workout routine that is right for you and your abilities. If you have achy hips and knees, running isn't ideal. Instead, consider the bike or cross trainer. Swimming is also a great way to stay active, especially if you have any joint pain or injuries. Try to commit to three short workouts per week to start off.

Take up group exercise

Sign up and commit to a group exercise program such as Pilates or yoga. Not only is it great to exercise with company, but also if you purchase a block of classes at the get-go, chances are you will be more motivated to drag yourself out of bed on those cold and dark mornings.

Buddy up

Find support by getting a friend or family member onboard to exercise with you. That way, if you are feeling unmotivated, you will have someone there to encourage you – and vice versa.

Practice self-care

A healthy mindset and the relationship you have with yourself plays a major part in your ability to commit to your goals. Write your goals out and practice saying nice things to yourself every day! You will be amazed at how much happier you will feel once you get into the habit of being kinder to yourself. A couple of my favourite self-love mantra’s are, “Self-confidence is the best outfit you can wear, rock it”, and “Create a life that feel so good on the inside, not one that just looks good on the outside”.

Diet and nutrition

Eating a healthy and balanced diet will help you to stay energised and focused. It is important to ensure that you’re obtaining all the essential nutrients to support your body and joints to fuel your workouts. Taking supplements can also help improve flexibility and mobility from 10 days, by supporting nutrient requirements for healthy joints.

Justine Switalla is the founder of Fit Healthy Mums and is an ambassador for Ethical Nutrients.

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