Winter has a lot going for it, but it can also get a girl down with the short days and cold nights. We have compiled a list of ways to stay happy and healthy over the winter and feeling like your best self.
1. Vitamin D
In winter, we can’t get enough vitamin D from the sun to meet our health needs so it’s a good idea to consider taking vitamin D supplements. We can also get this from oily fish, red meats and eggs. This vitamin is important for strong bones so particularly important in the snowboarding season.
The sun has a number of psychological effects. It greatly elevates moods because of the chemicals sunshine releases in your body. To feel really good this winter, get out as much as you can in the sunshine – find excuses to go out whenever you can. Meet up with friends for a stroll in the park, go sledding, enjoy the great outdoors! If you’re going to be stuck inside writing papers, you could invest in a SAD lamp, a scientifically proven method for imitating the effect of the sun on your body (minus the UV rays, win!)
If jogging is out of the question for you (it is for many of us, you’re not alone), then you might want to try out some Pilates at home. They are a great way to mix cardio with stretching and toning, and don’t require any equipment apart from a towel or yoga mat! Check out Cassey’s Pilates blog here. A lot of people gain weight over winter because of the holidays and the cold outside, but you don’t have to yo-yo with your health. Give your body some relief and take good care of it.
4. Stay social!
One way to stop the darkness from getting you down is to get together with your friends. Have regular board games nights, pot lucks, days in the snow… even just going out for a coffee or hot chocolate will keep you sane! You don’t have to break the bank to have fun.
5. Green tea
Green tea is like a fountain of youth. It’s great for your skin, it perks you up and it’s an antioxidant, so great for your health all-round! Keep a steady flow of green tea going, perhaps keep some in a thermos, and your mind and body will thank you.
6. Hot, healthy and hearty treats
While you might be tempted to carb-load over the winter months – because let’s be honest, what’s more comforting than roast potatoes, freshly baked bread and cake? – you should try to hold off on those and try out some funky vegetable soup recipes, learn how to cook with quinoa, try your hand in cauliflower bakes. More ideas here!