As the cooler weather comes and we get closer and closer to “hibernation mode” it’s important to create healthy habits that will create a comfortable and satisfying transition between the seasons. I’ve been hearing a lot of people talking about the desire to stop snacking on all the chips and wine and start exercising more and choosing healthy foods. Here are my top 5 tips to keep your groove while transitioning into hoodies, jeans and boots!
Drink That H2O
I know, I know…we’ve all heard it, we all know it. But honestly, whether you have a sit down all day kind of job, or a running your butt off in the bush kind of job, getting enough water allows your body to run optimally, regardless of the temperature outside. Being hydrated allows your digestive system to work like a well oiled machine, breaking down all the delicious (and sometimes overly delicious) food you give it every day. And if you’re the type to have to refrain yourself from wearing three scarves to work because you’re always cold…drink hot water. With a lemon, without a lemon…whatever you like. It honestly is delightful!
Move Your Body in the Evening
When the evening darkness sets in, it’s very important to see this as an opportunity to get moving, rather than an excuse to become a couch sloth. Yes, I know sometimes all we want is to Netflix and chill…but your body will not be happy with that much sedentary time. So instead of curling up with your latest show addiction as soon as dinner is done, make it a point to go for a brisk evening walk at least twice per week. Bundle up the family, put a leash and a light on the dog and go for a neighbourhood stroll. Your conversations will begin to flow, dinner will digest better, you’ll sleep better at night and that couch will be just as tempting when you get back inside.
Greens, Greens, Greens
Just because the summer salads have disappeared doesn’t mean the greens need to too. Ensuring your body is getting adequate vitamins and minerals from green veggies is essential to fighting off that stubborn winter cold. Did you know that kale offers 120mg of vitamin C? That’s more than what you need in a day! It can be a warm kale and beet salad, blended greens in a smoothie, steamed veggies from a frozen bag, whatever you have to do to get those greens into your body. Click here for Dr. Axe’s 34 Green Smoothie Recipes.
Kick The Caffeine
Okay, okay, before you curse me and click away from this post…hear me out. Do you ever notice that your body is dependent on that cup of coffee or tea first thing in the morning to feel even remotely human…or not foggy headed. Or when 2/3/4pm hits, are you desperate for chocolate, coffee, or sugar of some kind to perk you up? I just want you to know this isn’t normal…or necessary! By kicking the caffeine dependency, or at least reducing it, you allow your digestive system to work properly, allowing more of your food to be absorbed as nutrients, rather than stored as fat. Soooo, when you grab a delicious latte, ask for a decaf. When it’s tea time at home, grab a decaf or herbal. And when you’re feeling low energy and need a pick me up, reach for vitamin B, raw cacao, spirulina, chlorella, fruits & veg and of course, water!!
Stretch It Out
When the weather changes we tend to change our daily movement patterns. If you’re heading into winter, you are likely spending so much more time on your booty, watching Netflix, playing games or getting cozy and reading. To ensure your blood flow & energetic centers are staying balanced, take time to stretch your entire body every day. Stand up between Netflix episodes and do a few forward folds, slowly & calmly. After a few chapters, get up and reach those arms up above your head. Bring your knees to your chest while standing and challenge your balance, even just for a moment. Stretching will keep you feeling limber, fluid and functional all winter long!
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