There's nothing like the cold and dark of January to have us all sheltering indoors , preferably in pjamas and under a duvet. January is also a time where people make (and usually break) New Year's resolutions, so we've looked into ways you can stay healthier in January, and stay in the comfort of your own home.
1. Make some delicious winter soups.
Soups made with plenty of veg are amazingly warming, filling, and low calorie. They are great for providing you with all the nutrients you need to be healthy, and are also phenomenally cheap to make! There are infinite combinations of ingredients to experiment with, and cooking is surprisingly therapeutic on a rainy winter day. Adding whole grains such as pearl barley or brown rice is a great way to bulk them out! If your friends are on board, try all making a different soup in a large batch, then swap so you end up with lots of variety in your freezer.
2. Look after you mind
While you're sitting in doors, waiting for the spring to arrive, why not take some time to concentrate on your mental health? Learning to meditate is a valuable skill, and there is plenty of advice and help available online. If there's something bothering you, why not talk it through with a professional, or a trusted friend or relative? Taking care of your mind is just as important as taking care of your body.
3. Work out inside
There are literally thousands of online work outs ranging from aerobics, to yoga, to street dance. Why not try a few from the comfort of your own living room? They're usually free, and you don't have to deal with leaving the house to drag yourself to the gym. Inviting friends over to do them with you can be great fun! Just remember to check with your doctor if you've got any underlying health problems, before starting a new work out regimen.
4. Keep moving around your home
During the short days of winter, people tend to walk outside much less frequently. If you don't fancy leaving the house, try walking up and down the stairs a few times a day. Don't sit down for really long stretches. Walking about, even if it's not far, once an hour will provide real health benefits. How about walking to make a cup of hot tea? Tea is great for preventing you from wanting to snack, as it makes you feel surprisingly full!
5. Read something that makes you feel happy and motivated
Reading is great for your mind. If you have a particular health goal you want to achieve, get informed. Read about what the experts advise in terms of nutrition and exercise, and try and work out a plan that you think you can stick to. Have a chat to a dietitian if you want to make a change to the way you eat - they will be only too happy to help you!
Just remember, hibernation doesn't have to be harmful to your health! Look after your body and your mind, and come the spring you'll be ready to get back outside again.