Welcome November! 5 Tips to Beat WinterBlues
Time to get motivated to stay active and healthy with little tips/reasons to follow in winter, when cold nights with lazy mornings are waiting for us:
1. MORNING WALK or DAILY WORKOUT
Stay active, fresh and motivated….. Winter brings the cold, illness, the blues and isolation, hence exercising in winter can provide more benefit than exercise during the rest of the year, because it specifically answers our winter body needs.
2. THE SUN IS MORE OF A FRIEND THAN YOUR HEATER
sunshine vitamin; While there are a limited number of foods that can provide your body with vitamin D, the easiest source is from exposure of bare skin to sunlight. During summer a short exposure of 10-15 minutes is plenty, but in winter, sunshine can be harder to come by, especially if you are snuggled up indoors. So that’s why it’s VERY important to get outside and get moving and smile at the sun!
Sunshine makes strong bones, and keeps your immune system strong. It can also boost positivity, help prevent high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer.
3. BEAT THE WINTER BLUES
Whether it’s the usual winter blues or the more serious SED (seasonal effective disorder) putting a gloom over the colder months. A daily workout releases feel-good, de-stress brain chemicals, gives you a break from the daily grind and helps ease depression. Plus, if you combine exercise with the great outdoors you can cheer yourself up even more!
We know that after exercise, the brain releases the “feel-good” chemicals serotonin and dopamine, which can help to reduce anxiety and depression while boosting wellbeing,”
45 minutes in the day could change your whole outlook on winter!!
4. TAKE A DEEP BREATH
Being cooped up with nothing but heaters to keep the air moving means fresh air is much harder to come by in winter! Generally, the air outside is healthier then that inside so going for a walk or run outside gives your lungs a chance to detox and breathe deeply without concern for breathing in other people’s bugs (at home or from the office!)
5. AVOID WINTER WEIGHT GAIN
In the colder months it is so easy to turn to comfort food, because its so satisfying and it makes us feel good, well for a little anyway, and then we feel guilty. Its so easy to become a hibernating bear! No wonder it’s known as the ‘winter weight gain’ period. The average person puts on up to 4 kg! The only way to make up for those added treats is to increase the amount of exercise you’re doing. Try and balance your energy in and energy out……
BEGIN TO EAT HEALTHY AGAIN it’s time to redesign and prioritise the healthy choices on your dining table, and at least be green every day.