It’s easy to feel in a rut during the colder months, here are some winter health tips that are easy to fit into your daily and weekly routine to keep you active and feeling great.
1. EAT REAL FOOD
When you eat food, ensure that it’s not just empty calories but nutritious, whole foods that will support your immune system. Include garlic, ginger, and onion to warm foods and make sure you include lots of fresh, organic produce. Stews, casseroles, curries, and soups are the obvious winners for winter.
I found this awesome new product from Brio Emporium which is a sure-fire winner for my busy family. It’s Mead & Marrow Bone Broth Concentrate which you mix up in a cup of hot water – instant broth! How amazing is that? It’s made from grass-fed beef, made here on the Gold Coast and comes in a couple of flavours.
2. KEEP YOUR WORKOUT ROUTINE GOING
Yes, it’s cold – especially this week! Getting up at 5:30 am to get your workout in before work feels insane when it looks like nighttime outside, right? If you stick to your consistent workout routine, your body will love you for it. Getting your body moving early in the morning will kick-start a cold, drab day and keep your motivation up. If you can move your schedule back an hour, awesome, otherwise consider working out in the evening if you think it will be more achievable to stick to your workout routine.
3. MAKE THE MOST OF THE SUNSHINE
Catch some winter sun rays whenever you get the chance to boost your vitamin D levels. Winter sun on the Gold Coast is pretty glorious so soak it up! You’ll not only build up your immune system but also increase the oxygenation of your blood cells and tissues, lower blood pressure and lift your mood.
4. TRY DRY BRUSHING
Tried dry brushing? Before you shower, right before you step in, take a medium bristle shower brush and vigorously brush your skin starting from your feet, up to your heart. Our skin is the largest organ of the body and it’s continuously shedding (bleh!). A regular 5-minute dry brush removes these dead layers of skin effectively leaving your skin fresh and vibrant, plus it helps to improve your circulation, warming your body all over. It’ll also stimulate your lymphatic system which helps eliminate toxins from your body!
5. STAY SOCIAL
Avoid hibernation this winter by making regular meet-ups with friends and family. Happy humans socialise, so take turns of catching up at a warm home – around a fire preferably. Socialisation helps to keep your mood elevated and has been proven to improve mental vigour and longevity.
Belinda Survilla is the Pilates & Co. studio manager and takes regular classes at the Miami studio, including orientation for new members.