I don’t know about you, but I tend to be much healthier in the summer months than I am in Autumn Winter. Something about warm weather and longer days makes me behave a little healthier, make better decisions + just generally feel better. It’s so easy to lose those healthy habits as the days get darker, shorter and colder, but this year I’m making a conscious effort to keep those them in check! Here are the healthy habits I want to continue, and how I plan on keeping them part of my routine!
Keep going for walks.
This summer, Connor and I have made a real effort to make the most of our flat’s great location + also the fact we have the beach and forest right on our doorstep. We’ve been going for walks from the flat on the days we don’t gym, and heading out into the forest for a ramble on the weekends. When the sun is shining it’s great, but I feel like this is something we always stop doing when it’s cold. It’s especially hard on the days when it’s already dark when we get home from work, but I really feel so much better for time spent outside.
I want to get a bit better at checking the weather for the week and writing walks into my schedule as non-negotiables. Whether that means a quick 20 minute walk before work because it’s going to rain all afternoon, using my lunchbreak to get some fresh air, or scheduling gym workouts on the bad weather days so we’re not wasting sunny evenings inside, I want to make walks a must-do on my to do list.
Eat fresh and seasonal.
Why is it we’re so much better at eating fresh, wholesome, seasonal food in the summer? I spend summer gravitating to fresh fruit smoothies, salads and roasted veggie trays. September through March all I ever want is mashed potatoes. This year, I want to pay more attention to the fruits and veggies still in season, and try some new healthy recipes that are still comforting but also good for you!
I’ve picked up a new cookbook, The Roasting Tin, full of easy one pot dinners that I can’t wait to try, and I’ve been a bit better about buying all our fresh produce from local farm shops, where they only sell seasonal produce anyway, so hopefully this will be easier to do!
Getting up early.
Over the summer I’ve gotten into a great routine of waking up at the same time every morning, a little earlier than I need to, so I have time to start the day gently. I really appreciate the extra half an hour, to have my first coffee in bed and to flick through a magazine, chat with Con or just sit and be. When the days draw in though, it seems extra tempting to say ‘just five more minutes’ and end up snoozing. Not only does it mean I’m groggier when I do get up, I also end up rushing round like a headless chicken, and none of that is a good way to start the day.
I feel like this one will be fine, providing I don’t lapse at all. My body thrives when it has a good sleep routine, not only do I feel more energetic, my mental health is generally better, so it’s really important to me that I maintain it. I need to make sure I don’t lapse on this one even once, because I know all the best intentions will just go out the window. Having my Lumie Lamp definitely helps, it eases you awake in a more natural, happy way, and I may start scheduling more morning gym sessions as an encouragement to get up and out!
Keep drinking water.
It’s easy to up your water intake in the summer, when it’s hot and your body is shouting ‘HYDRATE ME’ all the time. Equally, it’s easy to forget about staying hydrated when the sun isn’t beating down on you as a reminder. I have more energy when I’m hydrated, I sleep better and my skin looks better, so this one is super important to carry through.
Since getting my Chilly Bottle it’s definitely been easier to stay hydrated, so I want to keep this on me! I also bought some cute carafe’s from Ikea this month, and the plan is to fill these up with filtered water, some fresh fruit and mint leaves in the mornings, so I constantly have great tasting water to reach for.
Make the most of weeknight evenings.
We seem to be fooled into thinking the days are longer in the summer, just by the presence of the sun. Just because it’s dark in the evenings come October, doesn’t mean we can’t still make the most of our evenings!
I’m going to keep filling the diary with fun evening activities, coffee dates with friends, beach walks, date nights, catching up with family, maybe start incorporating some more ‘bad weather’ options, like cinema dates and having friends over for dinner.
What healthy habits are you going to keep up this Autumn/Winter?