In winter, do you find yourself…

1. Tempted to forgo exercise for that extra hour in bed?

2. Hiding behind winter clothes as your skin dries out and your weight increases?

3. Reaching for an extra cup of coffee, a chocolate bar or an energy drink every time you need an energy boost?

By making the following changes to your lifestyle now, you can ensure you emerge into spring like a butterfly – not a caterpillar!

Plan to eat protein and fiber-rich foods to help you to keep your cardio-vascular, muscular and digestive systems in good health.

Maintain a steady blood sugar level. A good way to do this is by eating small, frequent meals rather than pilling your plate high three times a day. Make sure this include complex carbohydrates and protein.

Ensure your vitamin B and iron levels are stocked up. Vitamin B has an impact on the health of your skin and muscle tone. Iron is responsible for red blood cells as well as metabolism, immunity and mental sharpness.

Avoid alcohol where possible as it can cause dehydration, cause sleep disruptions and is associated with vitamin B deficiencies.

Keep moving! Every bit of exercise counts towards a better metabolism and healthier skin, so even if you can’t manage 30 minutes a day in one stretch, try doing 10 minutes three times a day. You’ll be amazed at how different you feel – and look!

So make some changes now and kick start your energy!