Winter can be a tough time, both for your body and mind. The temps are freezing, it’s dark out, and our bodies are suddenly prime targets for winter nasties like the cold and flu. What gives? While it’s definitely tempting to say goodbye to the world and hibernate until spring, being proactive about your health and well-being will help you nip any illnesses in the bud and get a head start on your springtime fitness goals! Here are some of our tips to supercharge your Winter Wellness routine.
Yes, outside – that place where it’s dark and dank and possibly even snowing this very second. But hear us out! Not only is the great outdoors key for helping your body replenish Vitamin D (super important during the winter when you’re prone to becoming deficient), but it helps you get out of the places where germs, mold and viruses thrive. Plus, sunlight releases feel-good endorphins that result in a happy mood, and who doesn’t love that?
Staying active is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, but it becomes even more vital during the months when we tend to stay cooped up and sedentary, leading to dreaded winter weight gain. If going outside to exercise is not appealing (or could even be downright dangerous), now is the time to try out indoor fitness. Look into dance classes, an indoor swimming pool, or visit us at ILKB locations across the country to discover a fun, exciting new way to get your heart pumping with new friends and expert instructors. Bonus: Exercise actually builds your immunity, so say sayonara to the sniffles.
Fill up on fruits & veggies
“Eating the rainbow” is a foolproof way to get all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Delicious root vegetables are plentiful during the winter, as are nutrient-dense kale, broccoli, apples, cauliflower, carrots, pumpkin and sweet potato. Try roasting veggies in the oven to bring out their natural sweetness, or throw ‘em in the blender to sneak some fruits and veggies into your morning smoothie.
Keep your skin plump and moist, boost blood flow and shed dead skin cells by steaming your face at home. While you can always buy a home steamer, it’s also effective (and free) to hold a steaming hot washcloth over your face for three to five minutes. Just add a few drops of essential oils like lavender or eucalyptus, and inhale. It’s also a great way to open your sinuses and get glowing before a big event!
Take Mother Nature’s medicine
Maybe your throat has become a bit sore or scratchy. Perhaps your nose or eyes are starting to feel a bit congested. You can feel a change in your health but it’s still in the early stages.
No matter how many times you wash your hands, sometimes a winter virus is inevitable. Shorten the duration of the flu or cold by popping natural remedies at the very first symptom. Remedies to keep on-hand include garlic, echinacea, elderberry, olive leaf, vitamin C, and zinc, which are thought to boost your immunity.
Relax in a detox bath
Yep, another spa tip! If you’re feeling sluggish or want ti treat your muscles after an intense workout, pour yourself a detox bath. Simply add two cups Epsom salt to a hot bath, add five to ten drops of essential oils of your choice, and pour in one cup baking soda. Light a candle and relax for 20 minutes. Once dry, apply a natural body butter or your favorite body oil, drink lots of water and enjoy your newfound zen.
Get some ZZZ’s
Sleep seems simple, but is actually one of the most important body processes for recovery. Good sleep (at minimum seven or eight hours a night) can ease depression, curb junk food cravings, regulate stress hormone cortisol, and even burn calories. Torching calories while you sleep? Sign us up!