It’s dark, really dark. In the late afternoon, it’s dark and it’s dark later into the morning, too. That makes me want to plop on the couch and eat all the bite-sized Heath bars left over from Halloween.
But that’s not very healthy, is it?
There are simple ways to stay healthy this time of year without a lot of effort.
First of all: drink. Water, that is. Sipping water all day keeps your metabolism activated and keeps all your organs (including your brain!) functioning at maximum capacity.
Schedule your workouts. Literally put them on your calendar like you would a conference call with the CEO. Scheduling them makes you more likely to keep them and ensures that you don’t run out of time at the end of the day.
Work out at home. You don’t have to go to a gym or walk dark streets to get a workout. Do body-weight resistance exercises in the comfort of your own living room, wearing whatever is comfortable.
Get a good night’s sleep. Remove all electronics from your bedroom (well, except maybe if you’re like me and the phone serves as your alarm clock). Studies have shown time and time again that too much engagement with electronics before bed inhibits sleep. Grab a book instead, one with pages.
Pack your snacks for the next day the night before. If you have planned snack times and healthy snacks readily available, you’re less likely to hit the vending machine or the drive-thru.
The same goes for meals. Planning them out in advance helps you with portion control and helps you take charge of what you eat!