Winter is a difficult time of the year for many of us to stay focused on our health and well-being. But just as the seasons change, we need to adjust our health and wellness plans. Maintaining a health and wellness plan during the winter allows for an easier transition into the spring and getting back into action.
Today, I’m sharing several tips that have helped me get through the cold season!
4 Winter Health and Wellness Tips
1. Vitamin D
It gets darker a lot sooner in the day, and after work, I know all I want to do is go home and veg out on the couch. Living in Michigan means that any time the sun is shining, we flock to nab some of it! If you live in winter wonderland areas like me, be sure to supplement with enough vitamin D!
With the ever-changing weather patterns, we’re all much more susceptible to coughs, colds, and other nasty germ bugs. So keeping your immune system boosted should be at the forefront of your mind. Be sure to eat clean, healthy snacks, limit the sugar, and get plenty of water and rest!
If you’re someone who has dry skin, the hand-washing, sanitizing, and cold can create painful and hard to heal chaffed hands. For this reason, I always have a couple pairs of gloves at my disposal. Some lighter ones when the weather is not too terrible, and some heavier ones for when I am stuck outside shoveling snow.
You can also make your own easy, all-natural hand cream like the one Jennifer is sharing with us today:
1 cup unrefined solid coconut oil (melted will not work for this recipe)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil (optional)
2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
15 drops drops Lavender essential oil
Psst! Fun fact! All of the items, except for the essential oil, are easily found at your local Walmart or grocery store!
Add all ingredients, except essential oils, to your stand mixer with its whisk attatchment. Whip together for about 5-10 minutes until well blended. Scrape the sides of the bowl and continue to whip until the mixture resembles fluffy frosting. Mix in essential oil and transfer to container of choice.
4. Winter workouts
Speaking of shoveling snow…I love shoveling at night time. It is generally quiet on my street, and there’s just something about the stars in a winter sky that seems different. I find it to be a good time for reflection.
And talk about a pretty decent workout! You get strength work from lifting that sometimes super heavy snow and then some cardio as well. Make sure to take proper precautions to keep from injuring your back. Keep those abdominal muscles pulled in to keep your core strong.
You can also keep up with a good walking routine. Just be sure to wear good boots and dress warmly enough without over-dressing. Remember that working up a decent sweat in the winter air can also be a nice way to catch a case sniffles.