Winter is upon us! The temperature is dropping, daylight hours are shorter, and your body would much rather curl up with a hot drink than climb out of bed to go for a run. It’s challenging I know, which is why I’ve come up with a few suggestions for balancing your energy this chilly season.

Don't Hit Snooze

Get Up

Don’t hit the snooze button! I know it’s tempting, but the more you give in to it, the harder it will be to show who’s boss next time. Stay motivated, and you won’t regret it. The only exercise you’ll ever regret is the exercise you didn’t do.

Stay Indoors

Stay Indoors

Is it too cold to brave the outdoors? Take up an indoor sport like futsal, indoor netball, yoga, dance, squash… there is a wide variety of sports that don’t require you to set foot outside.

Comfort Foods

They are much harder to resist when it’s cold and blustery outside and all you want to do is munch on foods to keep warm A hearty serve of homemade pumpkin soup will hit the spot, and it’s good for you. Likewise, opt for a mug of green tea or a slice of quiche for a good winter warmer snack.

Make it a Family Affair

Let’s face it – it rains a lot in winter. But there are many family activities you can partake in indoors. Think rock climbing, bowling, and even laser tag!

Embrace the Cold

Embrace the Cold

Or embrace the cold! Find an ice rink and take the family ice-skating on a Friday night or weekend. It’s a great way to keep the family active at the same time as having fun.

So you see there are many ways to overcome winter’s challenges. The drop in temperature is even a good thing for your energy balance – there are many benefits to exercising in the cold! For example, you use more energy in winter, which equates to burning more kilojoules.

Regular exercise is also one of the best ways to boost your immune system and fend off wintertime colds and other illnesses.

Good luck!

Susie O’Neill is an ambassador for Together Counts™ , a nationwide program aimed at inspiring active and healthy living. Together Counts™ was started by the Healthier Australia Commitment, a joint initiative between food industry leaders including Coca-Cola South Pacific. This article was republished with permission from Together Counts™. To find out more about Together Counts™, visit the website