Sometimes during the winter months all you want to do is curl up on the sofa watch TV with the heating on.
We all need a little time out every now and then but just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t keep yourself active and enjoy a healthy winter. You may need to make a more conscious effort to exercise especially since it will help you keep your mood elevated through these dark and chilly winter days.
Start today by using these special healthy winter tips.
1. Always keep your feet extra warm. Studies have shown that by keeping your feet warm it can reduce infection by 67%. Having ice cold feet can cause sinus blood vessels to constrict, making it harder for your immune cells to fend off viruses. Make sure that you always wear thick socks when you go outside.
2. Boost your immune system with Vitamin C. This is an antioxidant that is needed for tissue growth and repair, adrenal gland function, and also helps fight off infectious diseases, especially during the winter. Vitamin C is not produced by the body so it is important to eat foods that are rich in Vitamin C, including broccoli, peppers, berries and citrus fruits.
3. Try a new winter workout, skiing, ice-skating or snowboarding. Not only will these be great fun but you will burn more body fat by learning different moves making your body work a lot harder. By boosting your energy with your new winter workout you will find that you are enjoying yourself far more than you thought you would be.
4. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you should spend more time in bed. Get up early just as you would in the summer months. In the winter months your body prolongs the signal of melatonin which is the hormone that helps you sleep at night and all you want to do is stay under your covers. Fight the urge and get up because when your body sees less daylight, depression can set in; so instead of allowing that, go to bed at night slightly earlier. That way you’ll get more sleep but there won’t be any need for you to stay in bed in the morning.
5. Eating foods that are in season in the winter months is a great way to experiment with different meals. Some foods that reach their peak during winter include butternut squash, sweet potatoes, turnips and leeks. These vegetables are so versatile, you can roast them to have with fish or you can make a healthy winter soup packed with vitamins and minerals.
Use all of these tips to give you more energy, build muscle and lose body fat, more importantly they will help you to avoid picking up a virus or a cold.
Enjoy a healthy winter.