The winter can be a punishing time for your body. Cold dry weather, a lack of sunlight and of course, all the bugs and viruses that are circulating around, mean that you can feel and look a little run down. That is why winter is a time to really look after yourself, eating well, exercising and pampering yourself will help see you through to the spring months. Here are some tips on how to take care of your body in winter.
If you are entitled to it, make sure to book in for your winter flu vaccination. Don’t leave little illnesses to build up and become more serious, like that nagging sore ear you have in the cold, look into ear wax removal London to prevent any build up which can cause pain and infections.
Mornings can be a bit of a slog in the winter months and to help you get ready for the day ahead try employing a quick stretching routine when you first get out of bed. A gentle yoga routine, such as a sun salutation, gets the blood pumping and acts as a real winter warm up. Plus, this type of routine only takes a few minutes – the effects, however, can be felt all day long.
Once you have worked up a bit of an appetite some fruit, on an empty tummy, will serve as a great source of energy and also as an antioxidant. Apples and grapefruit are both great for cleansing the body while bananas are great for energy.
Generally speaking a diet that is rich with fruit and vegetables, grains and pulses will serve you well through the winter months and beyond. Protein is also important and so fish, eggs and white or red meat in moderation should also be factored into you weekly intake.
As far as beverages go, avoid drinking lots of caffeine and instead drink plenty of water – hot water with fresh lemon juice and honey is particularly good.
While it is not always possible to regularly visit a spa, looking after your skin and hair is more important than ever during the winter. So, turn your home into your very own winter spa with some natural, cruelty free products and pamper yourself every night.
Using beauty products, such as night cream and moisturisers, regularly will all help to condition your body and keep your skin well hydrated especially if you suffer from dry skin in the colder months. There are some really nice collections available that mean you have a choice of products to choose from on a daily basis and that encourage holistic care.
These four steps, along with some exercise that is a little more vigorous and that will get the heart pumping add up to a well-balanced approach to help take care of your body in winter.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.