How to stay motivated during the colder months

As the colder months draw in and longer nights stretch out, it’s easy to lose motivation. This loss of motivation can have an effect on your overall wellbeing. While it’s tempting to spend an evening curled up warm on the sofa, our experts offer their advice on how to banish that all too familiar sluggish feeling and stay motivated in the colder months - so you can take charge of your busy schedule this Winter!

Banish that sluggish feeling…

When the weather gets colder, it is our natural instinct to stay warm by eating comforting, starchy foods. This can have an effect on our gut and digestion as these rich foods can make us feel sluggish and bloated. 

Nutritionist at Natures Plus (www.naturesplus.co.uk), Martina Della Vedova explains how the Natures Plus GI Natural powder (£33.75, www.naturesplus.co.uk) can help keep your gut functioning effectively to avoid that winter slump feeling. “This formula combines glutamine that promotes mucosal lining growth and repair, with acid and bile resistant probiotics that provide healthy flora, whole food enzymes that optimize digestion and reduce discomfort whilst, ginger, turmeric and serrapeptase work in synergy to protect the gut from inflammation and boost gastro-intestinal health.” 

Look after your Joints and Bones…

In the colder months especially, it’s important to pay attention to your joints and bones. You may be able to relate when someone says they can feel the cold right through to their bones, as many people with joint problems find their symptoms flare-up at this time of year. Luckily, Sense* have expertly designed a superfood supplement for joint and bone health, available in capsule form for convenience (£14.99, www.boots.com) or in a powder form (£21.99, www.boots.com), which can be added to your favourite smoothies, juices or stirred into food. 

Accredited Nutritionist at Sense* Dimitra Sentelidou MSc/BSc explains, “We’ve carefully designed Sense* for Joint & Bone to offer the optimum amount and variety of vitamins to support the modern lifestyle; specifically focusing on those who want to give their joints and bones some proper TLC.” It is designed to not only support your body’s moving parts but also to boost your energy levels. Try stirring Sense* for Joint and Bone into your breakfast, so you can help care for your joints and bones all season long. 

Work out with friends…

Chilly weather can definitely knock your motivation down but falling off the wagon with your exercise routine can dampen your motivation even further. When it’s cold sometimes the last thing we want to do is put on our gym clothes and go for a run - but the endorphins from exercise can help give you that extra boost. Try working out with your friends or joining an online community for support. Nutritionist and Fitness Instructor Cassandra Barns explains,,“being with others who are going through a similar fitness journey helps keep you motivated and accountable. If it’s not possible to exercise with your friends directly, then try an online workout programme that has a social media group that you can join, so you can share your progress and challenges with others.” 

Craving all the naughty foods

The cold weather and lack of sunshine often leaves us feeling tired and unmotivated. Ensure you are eating a balanced and healthy diet in order to provide your body with the correct nutrients it needs to help keep you going through the colder months. “We can be tempted to eat fats, refined carbs and sugary foods when it is cold outside and we are feeling sluggish. This not only creates weight gain, but reaching for these foods will only make us crash after the initial energy rush, creating a vicious cycle. The solution is to eat more high GI foods such as complex carbohydrates to keep us feeling sated for longer. Those healthy fats that I mentioned before, oily fish, nuts and seeds, will improve our mood and brain function,” advises Jacqueline Harvey, Wellness Expert & Author of Body Cycles (www.jacquelineharvey.co.uk).

Managing the cold & flu season…

In the chillier months, our increasingly busy and hectic lifestyles often mean our health can take a hit in the way of colds and flus. If we’re feeling a bit rubbish and more susceptible to illness our motivation can feel zapped. Dr. Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading nutritionist explains how getting enough sleep can help - “Sleep is important for your health as it gives your body time to recharge its batteries and repair cells. When you don’t get enough or you have a restless night you can feel irritable, lack  concentration and can become more vulnerable to infections as your body does not have the strength to fight its own battles.” Make sure you get enough sleep to keep colds and flus at bay so you can stay motivated and ready for anything. 

Top Tip: “Magnesium is known as ‘nature’s tranquiliser’ and is needed to relax our muscles and nerves, which helps us to fall into a peaceful sleep,” explains Nutritionist Cassandra Barns. Cassandra recommends taking KalmAssure Magnesium Powder by Nature’s Plus (£24.50, www.naturesplus.com). This supplement provides high-quality magnesium in a pink lemonade flavoured drink mix, helping your body to unwind and get in enough sleep.