There is a sense of dread that comes when the clouds begin to clear and the promise of summer is in the air after months of comfort eating and hibernation.
Suddenly our summer wardrobe is two sizes too small and the thought of wearing bathers has us wishing for another hailstorm.
But for a few magical unicorns, the transition from sweaters to swimsuits is seamless. For them, there is no difference between a summer and winter body.
HyperLuxe Activewear owner Jenny Sharpless is one such unicorn.
The HBF Run for a Reason ambassador lives and breathes a healthy lifestyle, regardless of the season.
“To be honest, my routine does not change greatly from summer to winter, I still ensure I move every day — indoor if need be,” she says.
The key, she says, is being prepared. “I’ll always put my runners and workout clothes bedside the night before — therefore no excuse,” she adds.
While she admits it is hard not to seek out comfort foods during the cooler months, rather than opting for items that are high in carbohydrates, she increases her protein instead.
“I incorporate more good fats to prevent overeating and still make my meal feel hearty and comforting,” she says.
“Hot curries are my go to during winter, they’re warm and comforting plus spice is great for the metabolism. However, I’ll always make it from scratch so I know what ingredients are going into the dish.”
A believer in balance and everything in moderation, Sharpless says if she is having a curry, she always ensures it contains a side of green veg, with this portion being the greatest in size. She also swaps out a side of rice for quinoa.
When it comes to prioritising exercise, she chooses her running and walking times based on the weather conditions.
“I make exercising in the morning a priority for me,” she says. “If I wake up to rain, then its either a yoga class or a Boom gym session which is indoors.
“If it clears later that day and I’m able to go for a walk, then that’s a bonus — nothing beats getting outside.”
And her secret weapon for braving the winter weather? A good quality puffer or a spray jacket. “I guarantee if you prepare yourself with the right clothing, the cold won’t be as daunting and if after five minutes you’re still not into it, then, by all means, turn around and go home but it’s normally just the initial ‘getting out there’ which is the hardest part.”