- Take Vitamin D3 – Vitamin D3 is essential for health. We absorb this nutrient from the sun in the warmer months. Research shows people are most susceptible to Vitamin D deficiency in the winter months when there is a lack of direct sun exposure. A lack of vitamin D3 can lead to fatigue, depression and an increased risk for catching the common flu and cold. Take 1000 IUs of liquid Vitamin D3 per day sublingually (under the tongue) in the winter months to keep levels sufficient.
- Stay Active. People tend to be more sedentary in the winter months. The more sedentary you are, the more tired and fatigued you will become. Your best bet is getting up and getting that body moving! Circuit training/ HITT training gives you the best of both worlds. Strength training and cardio combined in a short time frame so you can be in and out of the gym in no time feeling energized and great.
- Take Saunas. Let’s face it. It can be damn cold in the winter. Being cold all the time can create mood, stress, dry skin and circulation issues in your body. Combat this by taking saunas or steam baths in the winter. Research shows infrared saunas can aid in the above-mentioned winter deficiencies along with promoting detoxification, relaxation and weight loss. Take a 20-30 minute sauna every 3-4 days.
- Get ahead! Let’s face it. In the winter there is not much going on: fewer parties, fewer outings, and less social events. Not to mention the damper snow can have on hikes, outdoor events and time at the beach! Use the winter as a time to reflect, plan, and GET AHEAD in your life. This might mean taking a course, reading more, working an extra day to generate more income, kick-starting an exercise program, practicing mindfulness or restructuring your life in other ways. Create new lifestyle changes in the winter so you can go into the social summer season more organized and efficient.
- Stay Social. Winter can be a tough time for many people. The lack of light, cold weather, and increased susceptibilities for colds and flu can really get people down. This is a good time to check up on how family, relatives, and friends are doing. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real condition that many people face every winter. It’s a form of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. Checking in on a loved one and supporting your friends can benefit everyone during the darker months. Everybody needs some light in their life from time to time!
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