We are now well into the dark winter months. January and February can be tricky for our health and energy levels, the excitement of Christmas and New year has passed, the days are cold and dark, viruses and infections are rife and our financial health has taken a beating too!
There is hope on the horizon, though. The good news is that the shortest day of the year has now passed. The days are getting longer by 2 minutes a day if you live in the northern hemisphere.
Rather than feeling as though we would like to enter hibernation until spring, there are steps we can take now to make us feel more energetic during the winter months to live life to the fullest.
Winter prep! Pexels Photo (CC0).
We all know that winter comes with it’s difficulties. It might be avoiding that patch of ice on your driveway path every morning. It might be making it to work in blizzard like conditions. It could be mitigating your health issues when the temperatures have dropped. This latter issue can be the most insidious. The plummeting temperature can often lead your immune system to become weaker, as the lack of vitamin D and warmth contributes to your system working overtime to function as it normally does.
For this reason, it’s important to make sure you take care of any health issues you are currently experiencing with an added degree of caution. The winter weather can make even seemingly innocuous health issues worse, especially if you’re in an older stage of life.
This simple guide should help you allocate important plans to making sure you make it through the winter in good health and with enthusiasm: Continue reading
Stretch it out in winter. Pexels photo, CC0 License.
This is how exercise goes for most people: they swear they’ll start going to the gym in January as part of their New Year’s resolution, go three times, give up on it, start again six weeks before summer, keep it up during the warmer months and then quit as soon as one leaf turns gold. They then hibernate from fall onward and repeat the cycle.
Well, here’s some news for you: Winter is probably the most important time to delve into a little exercise.
Yes, that’s right. As much as your mind wants to kick back, relax and watch another episode of Stranger Things while your body enjoys an overpriced spiced pumpkin latte, Continue reading