Keeping your health at its best as the weather turns to winter is important to an easy transition between seasons. As the weather starts to gets cold and the days get shorter, be sure your healthy is caught unaware. Aside from the usual ‘keep warm’ and ‘wear a beanie’, these are a few ways in which you can adjust your diet and lifestyle to better adjust to winter.
Workout your schedule
Exercise is a brilliant way to enhance your body and give it needed power. Sticking to a weekly schedule, and planning it in advance, is the best way to ensure you stick to the routine of regular exercise – working it around anything you may have planned. Knowing what you’re scheduled to do each day ahead of time makes it easier to stick to. Choose your workout day by day, activities or exercises for each day and how long you will exercise for. If you can, line up your workout schedule with a friend to encourage each other to stick with it and stay motivated.
While most people think you have to make a big thing of going to gym, working out at home or in your own space can be perfectly prosperous. This also keeps you out of the cold, often getting hot and gym and back out into the cold can increase your chances of getting sick. Not only are there plenty of routines and exercises online, but once you know what works for you, you can design your own routine. Not only will working out at home save you time and money, but will also mean you can workout in between your daily routine which makes it much more convenient.
Ease your carb cravings
The cold season tends to ignite our cravings for more carbs and comfort foods, the body burns these quicker to keep you warm. These sorts of foods also pump up your serotonin levels rise, making your brain think you are happier. As the day wears on this can cause fatigue and low attention span as you body craves these foods again. Try eating a protein-packed breakfast to keep your energy levels up throughout the day, this provides a slower burning fuel. If by the time the afternoon rolls around you’re still craving sweets or carbs, be sure to have healthy snacks on hand. However, as the craving is to increase your serotonin levels, raising them in other ways can also take the desire away. As the day wears on and the days get longer, giving your body better fuel will help it perform at its best through the cold.
Do more Omega 3
Omega 3 fatty acids are a healthy type of fat that are naturally found in many food types including fish, plant seeds and nuts. Studies have also shown that omega 3 fatty acids help lower levels of depression, which people commonly feel during the shorter days of winter. As we get less sun in winter we also tend to lack vitamin D which is produced when our bodies are exposed to sunlight. Omega 3 fatty acids are also great for reducing joint pain and stiffness as they are a natural anti-inflammatory, the perfect addition to a strict workout schedule.
The spices of life
Onions, garlic, ginger and cilantro are the perfect items to add flavor to your dishes. Not only do they make most types of food taste delicious, but they’re also shown to help improve immune function. Turmeric is also a spice traditionally used in Chinese and Indian medicine. Its main active ingredient is called curcumin, which gives curry its yellow color. This spice helps to combat a number of conditions including inflammation and heart disease, and it acts as a powerful antioxidant. While not a remedy for all, cooking with these types of spices can help fortify your family’s health for winter
As the cold weather rolls in its time to ensure your body can handle the change. From warm clothes to hot meals, stocking up with the right things will strengthen your immune system and fight off anything that may come your way.