As November begins, it’s time to say goodbye to summer and welcome the winter season. Winters are tough with the wind howling and too cold weather outside refrains your mobility. With winters, comes our food cravings and super lazy behaviour which is rightly referred to as winter blues. Finding the motivation to stay healthy and fit in this cold weather is quite difficult.It’s important to maintain proper diet and exercise routines and winter survival skill activities to ward off illness and diseases. So, let’s discuss some cold weather survival tips to help you power through and live large until the daffodils and tulips start to come up.
Limit your cravings – Winters tend to ignite our food cravings as eating more carbs increases your serotonin levels thereby making your brain think that you are happier. So, eat a healthy breakfast including a protein carb combination to stay active and alert in the whole day. While suffering from hunger pangs, instead of consuming refined carbs, opt for healthier options such as fruits, nuts and oil seeds.
Count on adding omega 3 fatty acids – Winters bring with them the infections, inflammations, flu and joint pains. To relieve all these symptoms, add omega 3 rich sources to your diet including fish, nuts like walnuts, almonds and oil seeds. They are anti-inflammatory, rich in fibre and contains antioxidants which boosts immunity and further reduce joint pain and stiffness.
Eat fresh fruits, green and orange vegetables – Adding fresh fruits and green vegetables in your diet is quite important to give yourself an adequate dose of Vitamin A, C, B vitamins and fibre at the time of winters. All these vitamins help in building immunity, proper metabolic functioning and keeping satiety for long. So, don’t forget to add spinach, kale, carrots and oranges to your daily diet.
Use variety of spices- Garlic, onion, ginger, turmeric and cilantro are perfect spices to be used while cooking. Not only do they enhance flavour but they also improve immune functioning as they have anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric since years have been used as a traditional medicine because of its curcumin content. Its acts as a powerful antioxidant and helps in combating diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Stay warm – Winters bring to you the chilly cold winds so you should start by dressing according to the weather. Senior citizens are at risk for hypothermia, so make sure to stay warm. Dress in layers and when you head outside cover all exposed skin.
Count on fibre- Fibre plays a vital role in reducing cholesterol levels and maintaining overall health. As food cravings are quite common during winters, consuming good amount of fibre will help you keep fuller for long and will also aid in weight loss.
Fight the winter blues; Stay Active – Winter can be quite lethargic with difficult winter survival scenarios. One of the best ways to fight with the winter blues is to stay active. You can exercise by following a gym routine or by simply walking around your apartment building, at the local mall, health club. By doing simple yoga asanas, push ups and regular exercises will keep your blood circulation in check thereby making you feel active and agile.
Stay hydrated- During winters the consumption of water gradually reduces because of which one tend to suffer from dehydration, dryness and other conditions. So make a target of at least drinking 2-3 litres of water in a day so that you remain active and healthy. You can have water in any form and not just plain water. Count on vegetable soups, different variety of teas and kawa to keep yourself warm and hearty.
Over to you
Winters are tough but can be managed easily by taking proper care of yourself. By inculcating these ultimate winter survival tips in your life, you can have a happy and healthy winter!