Winter can be a tough time both mentally and physically. The dark mornings and bad weather can leave us feeling tired, listless and uninspired. It’s difficult to be motivated to do anything but lay on the couch, but remember that prevention is better than cure when it comes to your health. Here are our top tips to keep yourself physically well this winter.
We know it is so much easier to get up early to walk to work or visit the gym when the morning is bright and there’s no rain but it is important to keep up your regular routine year-round. If you lay your gym gear out the night before, you’ll find it a little easier to get up and go. If you can’t seem to get up as early when its dark out, switch to an after work workout instead. When you stop exercising suddenly you will feel more tired overall and comfort eating through the winter months means you may put on some unwanted weight too.
Speaking of getting up early, we don’t know about you but we feel we deserve the extra hour in bed when the sun hasn’t risen. Unfortunately that’s not possible with jobs and families! You should ensure you are getting enough sleep but also, try not to sleep more than the recommended 8 hours a night. A good tip to help you get up is to place your alarm across the room so you need to get out of bed to switch it off. Also, forget about the snooze button, getting up as soon as your FIRST alarm goes off helps your brain to wake up quicker.
It’s so tempting to get home from work, order a takeaway and sit on the couch watching movies. While this is great once in a while you should really look after your diet year round and not just when we feel like it. Try to include a variety of vitamin-rich food (like the below) to boost your immune system and stave off those nasty winter colds and flu.
Ginger tea (great for relief if you are already suffering)
Look after your skin
Cold weather is detrimental to the silky smooth skin we have been nourishing all summer! Skin all over our bodies becomes dry and needs extra special care in winter so that it continues to look and feel great. Make sure to use a good quality moisturiser all over and if you can, get regular facials and body massages to exfoliate dead skin. Unfortunately the cold aggravates existing skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and acne too.
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