Shape up or ship out

Life is very short and although the winter season may be slightly harsh, keeping fit and healthy is just as important in the chilly season as it is in the summer. The Hound is all about a healthy lifestyle and we wanted you to get with the programme and realise the importance of exercise, a balanced diet and a positive outlook for a longer fuller life.

Winter survival 101

During winter, the body naturally stores more fat to insulate itself against the cold temperature drops. It just so happens to be more convenient to load up on comfort foods too. However, if you are storing more fat during this season it is important to consider the kind of fats you are taking in your daily diet. Not all fats are bad and it's very important to make sure your diet has a good balance of healthy fats as a way of living a healthier life.

Here are some omega 3 rich foods you should stock up on this winter

  • Salmon
  • Turkey
  • Chicken – don't be afraid of the dark meat
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Eggs
  • Avocado
  • Olive oil

Get a good workout

Even though your fingers are freezing most of the time and you can barely turn the door to get out for a good workout, exercise is just as important in winter than in warmer months. Try to get in at least 30 minutes of heart rate raising exercise every day to make sure your heart is always keeping up with your busy schedule and your immune system is working optimally to keep away the seasonal sniffles.

Top tip:

Exercise is like a natural anti-depressant

When you take part in any form of heart rate raising exercise the body releases hormones called endorphins which are naturally responsible for making you feel happy.

Grab life by the horns

Life can be very unpredictable and even though you live a healthy live, you still need to prepare for the unfortunate event that could result in your death. iHound offers the best life insurance quotes to make sure your family isn't left in the dark when you are no longer around.

Let us put your mind at ease and find you the perfect life insurance cover so you can carry on living life to its fullest with no hidden worries and regrets!