Do you hate winter as much as I am? Anyway, whether you love winter or not, you will have to survive the cold and short daylight until spring comes. Winters can be enjoyed when we alter our diet and lifestyles a little. These changes help us to face seasonal changes without serious health problems. About half of the people in North America experience a condition called Winter Time Blues. This condition brings about symptoms such as increased appetite, craving for sweets, chocolates, weight gain, depression, and irritability. So I have 10 wellness tips for this winter to make you feel comfortable.
1. Go walking even when the weather is freezing. Your body has to work harder to get warm and therefore burn up to 50% more calories than during the same walking distance in the summer. However, do not forget to go a little slower till warmed up. Apply sunscreen to exposed parts of your body and face when you go out on a sunny day.
2. If you are struggling to get motivated in winter, then think about how close spring is and how much it is harder to get back to shape if you neglect your fitness in winter.
Vitamins and Minerals
3. Eat plenty of foods that rich in vitamins and minerals. Fresh fruits and vegetables are harder to get in winter. However, sauerkraut and kimchi contain plentiful vitamins and minerals that protect from getting cold and flu.
4. Look for indoor sports as opposed to cycling and jogging outdoors. Do 30 minutes of aerobics three times a week. Keep in mind that swimming in the indoor pool offers excellent cardio workouts!
Protect your skin
5. Cold air in winter and heating in the house dry out the skin. Dry skin tends to crack and bleed. Cracked skin loses its ability to protect the body and increases the risk of infection. Avoid long hot showers and hot baths and don’t forget to use moisturizers on your skin, most importantly on your hands and face. Drink at least six glasses of water a day.
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6. Buy indoor plants to humidify the dry air during heating. Indoor plants emit moisture and oxygen, and the colors brighten up the room.
7. Have you caught a cold or flu? If the infection is mild, running nose, sore throat, it may be a good idea to try the sauna. However, if you experience symptoms that are worse than common symptoms of cold (chest congestion, muscle pain), exercise can only worsen it and delay recovery. Relaxation is the best medicine.
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What to wear in winter?
8. Wear warm clothes in winter. Dress in layers so you can adjust to changing conditions. Avoid overdressing as it can cause sweating. Sweating cools the body which can be bad in winter because it can lead to getting cold or flu, and it becomes difficult to warm up again. Most of your body heat is lost through your head so wear a warm hat, and cover your ears with earmuff. Wear mittens instead of gloves, because they keep your hands warmer. Wear waterproof, insulated boots to help avoid frostbite your feet. Good quality boots keep your feet warm and dry and maintain your tracking on ice and snow
Coolmax is the perfect fabric to wear on your skin, which provides excellent insulation but keeps your skin dry. Gore-Tex is the fabric that is widely used to protect from the rain and wind.
Watch your weight
9. Instead of taking a cup of hot chocolate to get warm, try hot tea.
10. Do you feel that you lay on the couch with your phone and on a cold, wet day? Avoid junk foods and too many sweets as these lead to weight gain. Reach for greek yogurt or an apple instead of high energy, high-fat foods.
That helps you to avoid putting on extra weight that usually comes hand in hand with winter.
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