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Whether its a retreat to moderate climates, a family shopping-spree, a tour inside the city or a well-deserved week to yourself, winter brings the opportunity for everyone to find joy in its celebratory spirit, get together and share in each other’s happiness.
But despite all your plans for a great winter, your mind and body may yet suffer because we know how much everyone loves indulging during this time. It’s not a bad thing, not at all! But you gotta take care of yourself, right? Because the changing weather, lack of outdoor activity and your body’s own adjustment clock make your body more prone to countless health hazards.
So while we highly recommend spending the holidays with your loved ones and pampering yourself, don’t let the toxicity of unhealthy routines get you down. Instead, just make a little bit of effort to incorporate these easy but highly rewarding practices in your routine and you’ll be good to go.
1. Do Not Skip Exercise
Exercise is good for your health and cannot be eliminated from your routine merely because the air is too chill or the sun is not shining brightly enough. In fact, the best thing about exercising in the winter is the ability to feel energetic and warm after it. Unlike in the summer, breaking a sweat in the winters is a great idea to release stress, tension
It may be difficult to get out of bed in the morning for a walk, but there are many alternatives to walking out in the open for exercise. Opting for a gym membership in the winters, where you can swim in the warm water or use the treadmill for a good run, will be a worthwhile investment in your health insurance. Not only will you be fit physically, but mentally too.
2. Control Your Irrational Cravings
We understand the allure of sitting in front of the fire while sipping a foamy coffee and munching on sweet, gooey donuts during a cold night. Been there, done that! But your lazy, activity-void daily routine will not let your body process it all that easily. So stop right there with all the stuffing, because we’re sensing extra pounds!
In order to look your best in the Christmas and New Year’s outfits you’ve bought, you need to control your cravings and shift to something healthy. For example, have green tea instead of foamy coffee and consume fish instead of meat. And if you still feel like having something sweet, go for winter fruits such as oranges because not only are they fat-free but also a great source of Vitamin C. Oh well, we won’t stop you from those mouth-watering Christmas chocolate-chip cookies and brownies too, but keep your portions to the tiniest.
3. Add Spice to Your Menu
If you haven’t been consuming spices as a key ingredient in your menu, now you should. In order to stay healthy and fit, you need to add spices such as garlic cloves, ginger and even cilantro in your daily food items to ensure your immune system works better. You will notice an immediate boost in your energy level and better resistance against cold inflicted diseases.
Ginger and garlic can be added to your green tea as well to maintain your metabolism, develop a stronger immune system and remain fit. This is definitely the kind of warm beverage you need in your winter routine!
4. Stay Hydrated
Winter means a massive decline in our water intake, what with no exercise and sweating. But in order to ensure your water intake reaches the level specified for a normal person’s diet, you should switch to warm liquids in your routine. Adding green tea, cardamom tea, warm milk and decaf coffee is a way to do so.
If you don’t want to stick to conventional drinks, having a regular intake of soup can also work wonders. However, you need to make sure the soup is not fatty or heavy with cholesterol increasing ingredients in order to remain fit and active during the winters. You can check out amazingly simple and unique recipes to create yummy soups at home and stay warm!