Leaves are piling up on the ground, and nights are getting chilly. As one person put it, “I know fall is here because my coconut oil was solid when I woke up this morning”.
But cold weather can be uncomfortable. It’s fun to curl up by the fire, but that also means less of a desire to exercise, a craving for sugar (I mean, it’s pretty much pie season!), and potentially aches and pains from the temperature drop.
Don’t let this time of year get you down. Here are some of the best ways to enjoy the colder days ahead:
-Curl up with a cuppa. A spiced latte or hot chocolate may be traditional, but neither is very healthy (well, usually—but no one wants to drink the healthy versions). And caffeine in the afternoon might lead to insomnia latter (never mind before bed, but when the sun has set early and the temperature dropped, a hot drink is nice).
What’s a better option? Try a healthy, caffeine-free tea like Jiaogulan, which supports cardiovascular health.
-Stand more. It might be key to better blood pressure. So if you don’t feel like going for a run where icicles will form under your nose, you can still do something for your health by standing, pacing, or doing any sort of super easy, light movement.
-Winter aches? The best part of cold weather is warming up. The safest way is a warm bath—it’s how sailors used to do it, even. Stretching and gently moving your body helps, too, by increasing blood flow and fighting against stiffness. If an old injury is leaving you sore, though, try upping your nutrition (and your antioxidants, in particular). Or try one of our favorite products, Body RLF.
-Watch for the nice days. The ones where the sunlight is just right, the weather a bit more warm, and going outside will be perfect. Harness the best days of fall and winter to boost your Vitamin D, get a little exercise, and of course, some fresh air.
-And before any decorations go up, now’s the time for some maintenance (before you start spending more time indoors) like replacing filters, checking batteries in smoke, radon, and carbon monoxide detectors, or anywhere that cold air will leak in. It can also be a good time to look at appliances (like your water heater) for problems, so they don’t fail on the coldest day.
What are your best tips and tricks for enjoying winter?