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Summer bodies are made in winter and with winter approaching it is terrifying to think that something could jeopardize you fitness goals during the cold months.
Winter is usually flu season, so this one is probably the most important. If your immune system is compromised you will get sick and that will just mess things up completely. Boosting your immune system can prove to be tricky because it is just that – a system. It’s not a single functioning unit. It is made up of numerous little Soldiers, as my grandmother would say, that have to work together in harmony and balance in order to achieve the best results. The best advice to achieve and maintain a healthy Immune system is to live a healthy lifestyle (a little bit of a let downer, right?). Yip – there is unfortunately no short cut here.
Get you immune system on track by doing the following:
Take the time to plan and organize your life. Plan your week and your schedule, prioritize everything in the correct order. Most of the time planning feels like such a tedious thing but once it’s done everything will move so much more smoothly, and you won’t be making excuses to miss a run because you’re too busy or you have other stuff to do.
Now this advice can be a little expensive, but it will also be an investment. In the winter it is cold – the only way you are going to not dread going out in the cold is if you wear the right gear. Ensure that you have at least one nice thick pair of running tights and a Motion dry jacket, it has to be breathable and not make you sweat. Read about Sweat and winter running here. I have found since I’ve invested in proper winter running gear I just don’t make excuses to go for a run anymore. Having this area of your running sorted can be expensive but it is definitely an investment not only into your wardrobe but also into your overall health. You’ll go for a run, not get sick and be healthier in your everyday life.
Winter running essentials:
In winter your body functions differently, and it’s cold so we want comfort food! Something that is warm and cosy – no one wants a salad in winter. In summer your body sweats to cool down. In the winter the warmth helps you survive in a cold environment. Because food provides the fuel needed to generate heat, the right diet is important for runners who are exposed to cold. After you eat, your body generates about 10 percent more heat than when you have an empty stomach and contributes to recovery. This increased metabolism is motivated primarily from energy released during digestion.
In winter we are exposed to significantly less sunlight than in summer. The sun comes up late and the sun sets earlier – and if you have a day job the chances are you are either running before or after work and then the sun is down. A lack of sunlight will reduce you daily intake of UV so your body will receive less vitamin D and that can alter your mood and make you feel a little down in the dumps. Counter this by eating oily fish that are rich in vitamin D and omega 3 that is also anti-inflammatory. Vitamin D has also shown to help with bone health, and the omega 3 will help with any muscle soreness and speed up recovery.
Eat fish like:
– Pilchards. (My Fave! Lucky star brand mashed up on toast)
Remember your running to achieve something. Whether you want to lose weight or want to run a race. Having a goal or a deadline to work towards will help you stay motivated and remember why you started. Life and everyday tasks are usually easier when you know why you are doing it.
Have your goal and commit to it, you’re doing it for yourself, no one else can really hold you accountable except you.
If you’re a seasoned runner it also happened that you run out of motivation after a while.
I hope that these tips will help you prep for winter running – winter will be over before you know it and winter running has its own rewards and experiences that summer running misses. Embrace it and go into spring fit and ready to own summer.