Although we have noticed that days have become longer and we have a little bit more sunlight, the last days have reminded us that we are in the middle of the winter season, with the sudden drop of temperature, rain and even some snow! What I am getting at with this, is that we still have to think about prevention and about strengthening our body’s immune system for some more weeks.
Here we share our top tips for staying active and feeling good—mentally, physically, and spiritually—during winter and beyond:
GET ENERGY FROM SEASONAL VEGETABLES AND FRUITS, AND DRINK A LOT OF LIQUIDS like water and hot liquids like soups and teas. Eating a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables will ensure you get all the essential vitamins and minerals you need, which is especially important in winter when our intake of sunlight and fresh air is less. A lot of amazing fruits and vegetables can help you in this season to get energy, such as: kale, broccoli, apples, cauliflower, carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potato. A healthy, nutrient dense diet is the best defense against sickness of any kind.
AIR YOUR HOUSE AND WASH YOUR HANDS. How simple isn´t this tip? The fact is, it’s so simple that people sometimes forget how important it is! Hand washing can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community. It’s one of the easiest, most effective ways to avoid getting sick. If you air your house out, not only you let the virus and germs go out but you also bring in fresh air and humidity.
EXERCISE! It is important to exercise regularly, even if only for 15 minutes a day! Get out and take a short walk and enjoy the cooler weather, or choose an indoor activity such as: yoga, meditation and/or pilates to strengthen your body and soul. Try out a new activity –maybe ice skating, or taking a nice winter walk on the beach or through the park. While there are many great workout options this winter, be sure you always stay safe no matter what you do—especially if you decide to enjoy the winter weather outdoors. Regular exercise helps control your weight, boost your immune system, and is a good way to break the tension that can build if the family is constantly cooped up inside the house.
EXPOSE YOURSELF TO SUNLIGHT at least once a day or whenever you have the chance, to get vitamin D. Get outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible.
GET ADEQUATE SLEEP. There is nothing more restorative for the body than getting a good nights sleep. That means seven to eight hours a night. Restful slumber helps banish depression, lessens junk food cravings, eliminates extra amounts of the stress hormone cortisol, and burns calories. The right amount of sleep is nonnegotiable in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
We hope you have enjoyed some of our tips to stay active and healthy this Winter. But most of all, have fun out there. It’s a wonderful time of year, enjoy it!
Wishing you a beautiful Valentines Day,
Massage Around The World Team