I don’t know about you, but when autumn comes around, I feel my motivation slipping when it comes to my health and fitness. The darker mornings and evenings can leave me feeling sleepy and lethargic and all I want to do is hibernate under the duvet with all the junk food. Not keeping on top of my exercise and diet can have a detrimental affect not only on my body but on my mind as well so I am trying hard to kickstart my health and fitness this season with the help of some key products.
Try out Superfoods
I am a little fussy when it comes to health foods and I tend to turn my nose up at things like seeds and kale but I was intrigued to hear about Nergi berries, which are the size of a grape but taste like kiwi without the awkward skin.
Available in M&S, I had some sent to me recently and I actually love them. They are so handy to take out and about or to snack on during the day and they can be used in recipes to up your fruit and veg quota.
Find a Fitness Plan that Suits You
I am awful for getting myself stuck in a rut when it comes to exercise and then giving up because I find it boring. The trick is to constantly change your routine up and find things you enjoy doing. I find kickboxing videos on YouTube really work for me, but I need to follow different routines or I become complacent and don’t get as much out of them.
I also want to start going swimming as it is so good for you and doesn’t feel as difficult to me as other forms of exercise. Find something you love doing and exercise won’t feel like a chore.
If you do get peckish throughout the day, make sure you reach for something more nurtrious than a bag of crisps or a chocolate bar. I’ve previously mentioned a few of the healthier snack options out there and have recently discovered Bepps – black eyed pea snacks which are suitable for vegans and are also gluten and dairy free.
Kickstart Your Mornings
The key is to start every day as you mean to go on. This means no skipping breakfast, arguably the most important meal of the day. I try and eat a slice or two of seeded wholemeal bread every morning along with some freshly squeezed orange juice but if you are running late and don’t have time for a proper breakfast, make sure you grab something which will fill you up and provide you with the nutrients you need.
Lizi’s Breakfast Drinks are perfect as an on-the-go breakfast option. They contain protein and fibre to provide a slow release of energy through the morning, as well as vitamin B6 to help with metabolism. The drinks are also low in sugar and come in Strawberry, Chocolate and Vanilla.
Meal Prep to Avoid Temptations
It is so easy to fall into the trap of picking up a meal deal for lunch if you are having a hectic day, but little snacks here and there can really add up when it comes to calories and the sugar and salt content in shop brought sandwiches can be a lot higher than you think.
To avoid the temptation, keep you on track and save money in the long run, meal prep in advance and transport your lunch and snacks in Igluu containers.
These durable plastic containers are compartmentalised to help keep your food in one piece during transit. They are BPA free and can be frozen and microwaved as well as being dishwasher safe and are airtight to avoid any unfortunate leaks during transportation.
I am awful at drinking enough water throughout the day and it often leads to me feeling tired and dizzy by late afternoon. AQUA Carpatica is a new bottled range of mineral water. Their sparkling water contains naturally occurring minerals and one litre provides you with over 25% of the RDI for magnesium.
It is nitrate free and tastes lovely and refreshing after a workout. Containing electrolytes and bicarbonates, it is great to rehydrate after exercise. Available in both still and sparkling from high street stores and supermarkets.
Have you got any health and fitness tips for the new season? How do you keep motivated during the autumn months?
This post contains some items which have been gifted to myself however all words and images are my own.