Guest Blogger: Jenna
We’re now smack dab in the middle of winter, the time of year that is notoriously difficult for healthy people. Poor outdoor exercising conditions and holiday eating rampages are largely to blame. But the reality is that it is still possible to sustain healthy habits during the winter months. Here are a few of the ways you can ensure that you continue to boost your health and maintain a healthy regimen through the New Year:
Jogging in Harsh Weather
For most people–excluding, perhaps, those who live in extremely temperate climates like San Diego–winter entails cold temperatures and even ice, snow, and sleet. This means you need to buy some decent running shoes and warm exercise clothes to help you brave the elements. The mental feeling of conquering whatever nature throws at you and the physical victory of running farther than you have before make all the difference for exercising this season.
You can also supplement jogs with interspersed workouts like pushups, sit-ups, and stretches. You can do this while enjoying the fresh wind, the thundering clouds, and the drenching rain for a boosted workout. This improves mental stamina, physical endurance, and motivation for when the warm weather returns. Take advantage of nature’s obstacles to really up your endurance.
Keep Things in Balance With Healthy Sleep/Wake Cycles
In the human body, there are a number of different processes that have to go on regularly in order to live a healthy lifestyle. Exercise is one of these. Sleep is another. Our sleep/wake cycles determine to a large extent how well we manage stress and how we interact with colleagues and friends. In other words, poor sleeping habits can ruin what would be an otherwise healthy individual.
If you suffer from insomnia or are having difficulty sleeping you should look into getting medical care. This is a serious condition that can whittle away at your health for years and years. Talk to your doctor about trying out a WakeUpToSleep program that can supply you with masks and other devices to help you reclaim your REM cycles.
Nutrients and Supplements are a Must
The food supply has undergone a major change in the last few years, and it’s important to change your diet according to dietary needs. Adding specific supplements to your diet like proteins, fish oils, antioxidants, and more can help you in enormous ways for those who take on the challenge of outdoor workouts in cold weather. You can acquire specific supplements by scouring the Internet. Make a list of supplements that routinely pop up, like chromium for instance. Also, keep your eyes peeled for natural supplements and ones that help fill in a dietary need that you’re lacking. For example, most people don’t get enough fiber or calcium.
Winter is tough for many reasons. Holiday stress, cold weather, and end-of-year deadlines. Don’t compound these factors with an unhealthy lifestyle. Maintain your healthy habits this winter. You’ll thank me in the spring.
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