It’s hard to get motivated to get out of bed at this time of year, isn’t it?
The days are so short, we get up in the dark, go to work as the sun is coming up and then go home again in the dark.
Less light on your skin will mean not only will you long for the summer or dream of your next holiday, but you’ll be feeling the physical and mental effects as well.
You need exposure to sunlight to get your daily dose of vitamin D, which helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body.
These nutrients are needed to keep bones and teeth healthy.
In addition to this, it has the feel good factor.
Sunlight helps your mood and energy levels so it’s no wonder that at this time of year you have less energy and feel a little down some days.
That’s why it’s really important through the winter to make sure you are eating really well as this will ensure you get all of the nutrients your body needs.
You can also help boost your vitamin D intake by eating plenty of oily fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel, although vitamin D isn’t found in many foods.
The best source, no matter how healthily you eat, is still sunlight.
Christmas tends to ruin any good intentions as far as healthy eating is concerned as there are usually lots of social events and family gatherings and lots of sitting around watching TV and drinking.
Now it’s okay to relax a little and have fun as long as you don’t completely sabotage your health in the process.
You are usually so busy rushing around at this time of year that it’s easy to put everything on hold.
But that will only make things far more difficult when new year comes around.
I have been hearing a lot of ‘there`s no point starting anything until after Christmas, as I haven’t got time’, from my clients and while I understand that it’s a tricky time of year, you really should still be looking after yourself
Otherwise what happens is your immune system doesn’t get all that it needs to keep you functioning properly.
The result is that you get a cold, or worse still a bug and end up ill and in bed when you should be spending time enjoying yourself with friends and family.
One of my bootcamp clients recently came back after having some time off and she’s an interesting person to mention.
She set herself a specific goal of losing some inches to get into a party frock for her partner’s work Christmas party.
She had two months to do this and after just four weeks had already got to her target with just three workouts a week and mindful healthy eating.
So this is proof that you don’t need to wait! You can get started right away and enjoy the benefits very soon.
She told me that bootcamp had given her the inspiration and motivation to continue towards her goal, so as you can imagine I was delighted with that.
This also inspired me to create a challenge for everyone to enjoy and take part in over Christmas.
It involves doing a very short workout most days and as it is all run through a group online, there is plenty of support and motivation to go round.
I am calling it the We Squat Challenge and it’s free to join. The exercises are simple, functional and you can do them at home or work so there are no excuses.
If you would like a bit of motivation over Christmas and a chance to win an exclusive Fab Body Fitness t- shirt, then drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nikki Caputa is a health and fitness coach who works one-to-one with clients and runs her own fitness camps where she trains groups.
Known as FAB Body Bootcamps, two are based in Fareham and one is in Portsmouth.
Nikki is also an ambassador for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.
Follow Nikki on Twitter @nikkifit mum1.