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It's hard getting back into a routine after Christmas which leaves us feeling a bit fed up in January. Let's face it, in winter who really wants to wake up in the dark and leave their toasty bed?
It’s hard to keep motivated at work when you’re tired and cold. In the summer months, this isn’t a problem when the days are longer, but when you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark, people aren’t getting enough natural light. This is why it’s important to keep yourself active, even when the days are dreary and short.
Here are some useful tips to follow to keep yourself feeling motivated this Winter:
Make the most of your lunch break, wrap up warm and go for a walk. On a crisp, dry Autumn day, this is the best way to get some natural daylight for maintaining energy levels. From just a 30 minute walk, you can burn up to 200 calories depending on your distance and speed. This is sure to boost your mood for the rest of the afternoon!
It might sound obvious, but getting the right amount of sleep each night makes it easier to wake up feeling refreshed in the morning. Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep a night, but when it’s already dark by the time you get home, sometimes it feels like the day is already over. Set yourself an evening routine to help you wind down and relax before bed. Run a bath, do some light reading and avoid artificial light from phones and television 30 minutes before going to sleep.
Drink more water
Water helps maintain the balance of body fluids, energises your muscles and works wonders for your skin. It’s recommended that we drink 1.5 to 2 litres of fluid each day.
Exercise is probably the last thing on your mind when you get home from work and it’s already dark. The TV may be calling your name, but try to ignore the temptation to snuggle up in your pyjamas. There are plenty of indoor sports you can try, yoga, badminton, the gym or swimming – don’t forget the sauna and the steam room after. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it? Your body will thank you after and you’ll have earned that evening in front of the telly.
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