After the festive season and family gatherings, it can be hard to get back to work. The days get shorter, the sky darker, the weather colder and your motivation can be affected. Here we give you some ideas to stay motivated during the cold days.

Workout

We bet this one was in your New Year’s Resolutions and now is the perfect moment to start following them. Doing some kind of sport will make you feel better in your body and your mind. The best part is you don’t even have to be training for a triathlon. A little exercise every day is enough.
Some ideas:

  • Instead of taking your car or the bus to go to work, you can walk or cycle.
  • Find a basic workout routine and exercise in front of your TV.
  • Ask a friend to join you in your effort.
  • Go for a run – out in the fresh air or on a treadmill in a fitness club.
  • Try yoga or Pilates… Or any sport you’ve been wanting to try for that matter.
  • Do some gardening.
  • You don’t want to go outside? Maybe swimming is the right activity for you.

And of course the list goes on and on. Start to exercise little by little, to slowly but surely build up your motivation.

Workout. © Наталья Видович - CC BY-SA 3.0

 

Eat healthier

We know it is winter, and we understand that you are more attracted to rich stews and comfort foods – we really do. Instead of stopping completely fatty but delicious winter food, try increasing the vegetables on your plate. “Easier said than done”, we already hear you saying in front of your computer. Well, let us give you some tips and ideas for eating more veggies in winter time!

  • Replace carbs with vegetables. You are craving some creamy mashed potatoes? Replace it with broccoli. Did you know that only 100 g of broccoli will provide you with 150% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C? Impressive, right?!
  • You love pasta and pizza? Add any kind of veggies on them!
  • Buy a new vegetable you haven’t tried yet and experiment with it. You might hate it, you might love it. One thing is sure: you will have fun trying to cook it.
  • Why not start the day with a delicious smoothie? Throw some fruits in a mixer and have your breakfast on-the-go.

Eating more vegetables will give you the extra energy you need in winter. Have a look at our selection of January Vegetables.

Vegetables. © pilipphoto - Fotolia.com

 

Go outside everyday

Having a walk outside in the fresh air, preferably in the morning, will help you wake up and get to work motivated to get things done. It doesn’t have to be a long walk, and if you prefer running then go ahead! If you don’t have time to walk in the morning, walking at night will help you empty and relax your mind.
If you can’t go outside every day, or you really don’t feel like going outside, then you should probably invest in a light box that mimics the sun’s beneficial rays. They might be a little bit expensive but they will definitely improve your mood – and therefore your motivation.

A light box. © Alhmodeus - CC BY-SA 3.0

 

Increase your Vitamin D intake

During the cold months, as the sun isn’t as strong and as present, your skin doesn’t produce as much vitamin D as in summer. The lack of vitamin D reduces fat breakdown and triggers fat storage. The vitamin is also known to fight bad moods and depression. To increase your vitamin D, you can take supplements but we suggest you to try foods that are naturally high in vitamin D, such as fatty fish, egg yolks, or even some vegetables like spinach and kale.

Vitamin D supplements. © bigy9950 - Fotolia.com

 

With all of this advice, your motivation should build up and the winter should go by as fast as it arrived!