We put a call out to our wellness experts for their top tips for keeping well this winter and they delivered!
Here are their top ten!
It's good to try and buck the temptation to fully hibernate. It can be challenging to get to the gym or go for that run in the cold Winter months, when it is nice and cosy at home in front of the fire. However, it is important to continue to move your body each day. You may choose to do a 20 minute body circuit at home in your lounge room, you may try bikram yoga or a different indoor class to mix things up. Keep 'warm' and keep Agni (internal fire) blazing with dynamic yoga (read twists, core work, lots of sun salutations).
Pilates, too! Get a bit vigorous... get the circulation flowing and heat up the inside of the bod.
It doesn't matter what you choose, as long as you move your body each day. Keep your body strong and that blood flowing.
Know Your Body
Got a cold or flu? If your bug has hit you from the neck up and you’re a little stuffy and sinus-y, don’t sweat it, low intensity exercise is still work trying; a light walk or beginners yoga will do the trick! If your illness is from the neck down, and you’re feeling aches and pains all over, rest, rest, rest! There’s no harm in letting your body recover and recharge for a couple of days. If you allow yourself proper rest time you’ll be healthy and strong again in no time.
Make Aromatherapy Your New BFF
Having a warm bath with your favourite relaxing essential oils. Taking time out to read a good book with your diffuser going whilst the woody / earthy winter aroma diffuses through your home.
Another one is a before bed time routine, using our calming essential oils in your nurturing self care rituals before jumping into your warm bed at night
NOTES ON OILS:
- Eucalyptusis one of the most versatile essential oils and has powerful natural medicinal properties that have been used for thousands of years. It is known to support and ease respiratory conditions as it helps cleanse your body of toxins and harmful microorganisms. Research proves that use of Eucalyptus essential oil dilates the blood vessels and allows more oxygen into the lungs. It is also commonly used for household cleaning as it has numerous cleansing and purifying properties.
- Lemon essential oil has a fresh smell and is known for its energising, purifying and uplifting properties. It is an instant pick me up and provides mental clarity. It is a strong immune booster, can reduce water retention in your body and is an excellent stimulant on your lymphatic system. Note: Sensitivity to sunlight.
- Tea Tree is one of the most potent antiseptic essential oils and can fight bacterial infections. It is a must in your natural first aid kit. It supports a strong immune system and is a powerful essential oil to treat skin conditions.
Don’t let the sometimes lack of sun from winter stop you from getting some good ol’ Vitamin D. On the cooler days, supplement the sun rays with good quality liquid D.
Sleep Quality is Essential
Ensure you’re not sleeping with air conditioner or heating on, it will result in poor sleep quality. Ginger will help promote good circulation when the cold kicks in and your toes go numb.
Setting new goals to make sure you don't become a TV junkie during the winter months ie; lunchtime walks to get vit D, bush walks (beautiful with all the rain), fun indoor craft activities to get your creative juices flowing, sign up to a course, relax and meditate….the list is endless
Pull Out The Slow Cooker
This one makes life in winter so much easier. Throw some veggies, lamb, beef, bones for broth, anything you can think of that makes a hearty winter dinner and let it cook whilst you’re at work. By the time you get home it’ll all be done, and with any luck, the smell wafting through your house!
The cold weather is the perfect opportunity to have hearty warming meals. As the temp drops, it is supportive on our digestive system to have energetically warming foods. When our body is cold and our food is warm, it helps to warm the body and support energy production and energy flow. Time to get that slow cooker out and let it work its magic!
Eat in Season Fruits, Vegetables and Whole Foods
It is important to look after your immune system in winter to fight off any unwanted colds and flus. Eating in season fruits and vegetables will ensure that you gain optimal antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to keep your body healthy. These include bananas, mandarins, kiwifruit, oranges, brussel sprouts, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and mushrooms. Focus on eating whole foods, as above and free-range or organic meats. Avoid processed foods and sugars are they suppress the immune system.
Work in Harmony With The Seasons
Support the body by providing meals and liquids that either heat us up when needed or cool us down when needed. Keep your body moving, boost your immune system with nutrient-dense meals and you will be well on your way to beating the winter blues and thriving throughout these cold winter months.
Between the cold air outside and the heaters trying to warm you up inside, your skin can become incredibly dehydrated and dry, Keeping up with drinking a sufficient amount of water each day and using moisturisers on your skin will help it feel its best, even in the colder months.
Tips lovingly provided by our fabulous Wellness experts at Tonic Yoga, Revolution Pilates and Gyrotonic Studio, Equivalence Mind | Body | Soul, The Inspired Optimist, Ashley McDiarmid and Bianca Daly Health, Wellness and Lifestyle!
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