Don’t allow the lethargy that comes with winter keep you from practising a healthy lifestyle. In fact, this is the best season for everyone at home to get into shape.
With the onset of winter, it’s important that we allow our bodies to adapt to a different routine. Rather than sleeping and falling into the lazy feel winter brings, go out there and force your body into shape. The cold, crispy breeze may make it a bit difficult, but maybe our tips will ensure that you don’t get let down by winter.
1. Colour Your Life
The monochromatic colours outside can make you low-spirited and less energised. To get out of the funk, do what you can to brighten up your life; buy colourful throw pillows, or pretty mugs or a rug with a bright print. Plants can also make for a good addition to your home décor, not only that, they are great for cleaning the air indoors.
2. Wake Up Early
Knowing the days are shorter and nights are longer is more than enough motivation one needs to stay in bed longer than usual. Don’t let this be the case! Yes, I know I might be asking for too much, but try to wake up early, enjoy a warm cup of tea and plan your day in advance. The productivity that comes with an early, active start will surprise you.
You might want to keep every room warm with clutter, but deep down you know that a messy house can be a big drag. Make time for cleaning; it might not be your thing but spend 10 to 15 minutes putting everything in order. A little music playing in the background will help.
4. Dress In Layers
Hopefully you’re already dressed in layers, and so are the little ones. If not, bring out your jackets and scarves. The layers are there to prevent you from falling ill. While you’re at it, make sure your skin is moisturised at all times.
5. Best Time To Eat More Calories
To keep warm, the body burns more fat during winter. This extra loss of fat needs to be compensated by eating a little more food than you are used to. Just don’t over eat, moderate what goes into your mouth.
6. Go For A Little Walk
Not only is exercising healthy for you, but it is also known to reduce stress and anxiety. Go for a 30-minute walk per day. Walking and yoga will tone your body and improve your mood.
7. Get Some D Daily
Vitamin D deficiency may have an effect on your mood. The lack of this important supplement is associated with higher level of anxiety, as well as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart diseases. A versatile and balanced diet with a range of unprocessed food is a great source of beneficial nutrients and minerals. Also, spend a few minutes in the sun when possible.
By Thina Mthembu