This winter has seemed somewhat harsh compared to previous years. We haven’t gotten the big snowstorm yet, but we all know it’s coming! As the weather gets colder, our bodies tend to move slower, and we’re less motivated to get out and do things. Although it feels good to get cozied up on the couch and watch TV for hours, it’s not good for your overall physical health. Some studies have shown that sitting for long periods of time can be as bad for your body as smoking.
Knowing how important it is to get our bodies in motion, let’s jump right in with 5 tips on caring for your body this winter.
With cold air comes less moisture. This can negatively affect both your skin and your energy. You are at a greater risk of dehydration in the winter and need to make up for the lack of water in the air.
Be sure to drink plenty of water, even if it’s in the form of tea or broth, this will keep your body well hydrated.
Get Plenty of Light
With the sun much less present, than it is during other seasons, it’s crucial that your body gets whatever sunlight it can so that you don’t risk a Vitamin D deficiency.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is very much a concern for this time of year. A lack of sun exposure, with no supplemental addition of Vitamin D, will cause you to feel less motivated, feel lower in energy and possibly trigger depression. If the sun hasn’t been out in a while, take a supplement and consider getting a sun lamp which mimics the sunlight and provides an extra source of Vitamin D. This is best for those who are susceptible to SAD.
Limit Outdoor Work
Be careful when you’re outside, especially when you need to shovel snow. The cold air puts you at greater risk for pain because your body is already working harder to keep you warm. It’s difficult to recognize aches and pains when you’re focusing on the cold.
If you start feeling some pain when doing outdoor work, please listen to your body and stop. Pushing through it will do more harm than good. You can get back to it later.
Boost Your Immune System
Cold and flu season is in full force this year and you need some natural remedies to keep your body in top shape. Lemon or Eucalyptus oil and plenty of healthy meals with plenty of vegetables should keep your body strong throughout the winter. We also recommend trying OnGuard. This proprietary blend of essential oils is specially formulated to boost immunity and support your bodies ability to fight off colds and the flu.
Stay Energized With a Massage
Your body needs help to stay energized, keep your blood flowing, and making sure your immune system is in top shape. A massage is perfect for keeping your body healthy during the winter time.
We’ve recommended the hot stone massage, but really, any massage that makes you feel good is best. Don’t ignore your bodies need to recharge. If you’re not sure which massage is best for you, ask any one of our staff. We offer many different modalities and are happy to detail them to find the right one for you.