Winter season is both- busy as well as exciting. And with so many events like family dinners, holiday parties, and the preparation and planning for gift giving, there are many distractions to keep one away from focusing on the health and taking care of ourselves as we would normally.
During the winters with no motivation to work and cook, the diet takes a step back. There is more of sugar, less of exercise and more of sleep. The cold season ignites cravings for more carbs and comfort foods, because as you consume these delicious treats, your serotonin levels rise, making the brain think you are happier.
But we don’t need heath risks sneaking in with the food so better take hold and opt for protein rich, omega 3 rich food that are both tasty and healthy. Eat protein-packed meal to keep your energy levels up throughout the day. Omega 3 fatty acids are a healthy type of fat, naturally found in many food types including fish, plant seeds and nuts, that are great for reducing joint pain and stiffness as they are a natural anti-inflammatory.
They are some of the important health tips, which also help lower levels of depression, which people commonly feel during the shorter days of winter. Overall sticking primarily to vegetables and fruits that are dark green and orange is important in to ensure intake of healthy nutrients.
In the winters, exercising becomes cumbersome and somewhat like a ‘duty’. There is no mood to step outside for a run, or go to the gym or exercise classes, nor does the yoga mat tempts one. You are only looking at eating gorgeous looking party food and staying in the bed with warm blankets and delicious chocolate drink. Try and plan exercise routines a week in advance and stick to the exercise calendar.
There are many resources online that supply fun workout videos and exercises if you do not want to step out. Check out Pinterest for tons of great resources so you can get fit in the comfort of your own living room.
Overall take account of your mental health as winters get depressing for some people, take Vitamin (C & D) supplements, sleep longer by using meditation, aromatic candles, and if home doesn’t work for you, plan a vacation to a different city to get you and your body out of the muck and get recharged.