As we embrace lady winter in all her glory, nurturing our bodies, become priority. So here’s the scoop on how to avoid adding on extra weight (and even losing a few kgs should your body need to release weight), plus avoiding the hassles of colds, flus and other nasty winter-related infections:
- Wholesome Nutrition – ramp up your diet by enjoying healthy seasonal vegetables and fruit, unrefined carbohydrates, healthy fats and lean protein.
- Adequate fluids – one tends to rehydrate less in winter but now is the time to quench your thirst and increase your intake of water. Warm water and herbal teas or cold water are all ok. Aim for at least 2L per day or more if you’re working out. For those who need their water flavoured, fruit-infused water is perfect and delicious! In fact, start your day by squeezing half a lemon in a glass of warm water. Ginger, cayenne and a 1/4 tsp of raw organic honey (if you’re having a sweet craving) are great optional flavourings to add to the lemon elixir.
- Movement – don’t slow down this winter; instead ramp up the exercise. For those not working out at all, now is a great time to start out with a short 10-15minute walk daily or a quick 15minute daily workout. The key is to be consistent and soon you will feel and look good, getting stronger every day.
- Mindfulness – this last tip is probably the most important as winter can sometimes aggravate mental health disorders. For example, major depression can worsen in winter and improve during the warmer seasons. This is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. So practice mindfulness, meditation or whichever methods you choose to relax and lift the mood and discuss with your health practitioner any worrying concerns.
So embrace this snuggly season and make this your best winter yet!
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