Ok. It’s back! Winter has arrived. This winter is all about wellness and maintaining good health for these next 12 weeks until spring returns.
Making some small adjustments to your winter days will help to keep you on track and avoid colds and flu’s and the extra few kilos that tend to creep on as we hibernate.
Gym memberships drop off, personal training clients go into hibernation and there are not as many walkers out and about. The darker, colder mornings and early sunsets definitely have that effect, however, we still have 24 hours in a winter’s day so it is all about making some simple changes.
Keeping exercise gear at the end of the bed is a start. Be organized the night before – sleep in your workout gear if you have to (I know many that do!) then there are really no excuses. A few laps around your block whether you walk, run or cycle just move. Aim for 20 – 30 minutes to give the body time to warm up then lift the pace – see how many laps of the block you can do in 30 minutes.
Instead of waiting on the sidelines for the kids’ sports training sessions, grab some other parents and walk while the kids’ train. You can stay close by, add some steps to the pedometer and keep warm too! Still, aim for those 10,000 steps a day during winter.
Drink enough water
Generally, over the cooler months, we tend to forget to drink sufficient water. Keeping Hydrated over winter is just as important as any other season. Our cells need water for us to function correctly so keep a full water bottle with you – drink water on rising, around meal times, and before bed too. Make sure the kids are keeping hydrated also as they will tend to have fewer visits to the water fountains at school during winter months.
Nature has a fantastic way of providing us the correct nutrients that we need at the correct times. Everything we need right now is growing locally. We don’t have to consume imported produce that is not seasonal. Produce that is currently available, but that should be “out” of the season has generally been cold stored for long periods or imported (and cold stored during the importation). They are also more expensive (Grapes are a fantastic example of a Summer Fruit that is still available). Hippocrates famous statement – “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” is a testament to the power of eating correctly. And Hippocrates was not talking about imported wholefoods. Look to nourishing whole foods – fruits and vegetables to support your health this winter.
The quality of our sleep is always a big factor in our overall wellbeing. In winter we tend to close all the windows to fresh air and bury ourselves under lots of covers, which causes us to overheat. Sleeping in a bed that is over 32 degrees will have an adverse effect on the REM sleep and as such have us waking to feel lethargic and vague. Allow a flow of fresh air into your room and kick off some of those covers.
Warm up in the sunshine
Don’t deny the body of essential Vitamin D from the sun’s rays this winter. We are so fortunate to be in this part of the world where winter weather is still warm and we can still be out and about at the beach or the parks. Make sure you are still allowing small amounts of exposure to the sunshine to get this essential vitamin. The body absorbs the vitamin D from the sun quickly as opposed to takings synthetic source of D vitamin supplements.
Look after your skin
Skin is our largest organ. It tends to get dry and flaky during the winter months. Our bodies are not sweating as much and so we need to put the moisture back in. Before you do, give your body a treat by dry brushing and removing all the dead skin cells, followed by a shower and then nourish with moisture (I love my coconut oil in winter).
Dry brushing has many benefits as it stimulates circulation and the nerves under the skin including our lymphatic system. This stimulation then assists in ridding the body of toxins (and yes, cellulite too!) leaving the skin soft and ready to absorb the moisture.
Stay well this winter!