Days have become shorter and we have a lot less sunlight and it is time to think about prevention and about strengthening our body’s immune system for the winter season. Some tips for staying active and feeling good—mentally, physically, and spiritually—during winter and beyond:
*Get Energy from seasonal Fruits and Vegetables and drink a lot of fluids: like water and hot liquids like soups and teas. Eating a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables will ensure you get all the essential vitamins and minerals you need, which is especially important in winter when our intake of sunlight and fresh air is less. A lot of amazing fruits and vegetables can help you in this season to get energy, such as: kale, broccoli, apples, cauliflower, carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potato. A healthy, nutrient dense diet is the best defense against sickness of any kind.
*Air out your house and wash your hands: We all know that hand washing can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community. It’s one of the easiest, most effective ways to avoid getting sick. If you air your house out, not only you let the virus and germs go out but you also bring in fresh air and humidity.
*EXERCISE! It is important to exercise regularly, even if only for 15 minutes a day! Get out and take a short walk and enjoy the cooler weather, or choose an indoor activity such as: yoga, meditation and/or pilates to strengthen your body and soul. Try out a new activity –maybe ice skating, or taking a nice winter walk on the beach or through the park. While there are many great workout options this winter, be sure you always stay safe no matter what you do—especially if you decide to enjoy the winter weather outdoors. Regular exercise helps control your weight, boost your immune system, and is a good way to break the tension that can build if the family is constantly cooped up inside the house
Regular massage helps keep your muscles healthy for wintertime activities. The gentle pressing and kneading motion will loosen and relax muscle fibers, which creates greater muscle stability and flexibility. Not only will you get more out of your winter time activities, but you’ll also reduce the risk of injury.
*Expose yourself to sunlight at least once a day or whenever you have the chance, to get vitamin D. Get outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible
*Get adequate sleep. There is nothing more restorative for the body than getting a good night’s sleep. For most, that means seven to eight hours a night. Restful slumber helps banish depression, lessens junk food cravings, eliminates extra amounts of the stress hormone cortisol, and burns calories. The right amount of sleep is nonnegotiable in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Massage therapy increases lymph flow which fights off infections and bacteria, boosting your immune system during the cold and flu season! Dry winter air, blustery wind, and the blazing heater can dry your skin quickly. Massage therapy is proven to improve skin hydration during these dry winter months.
Winter is a wonderful time of year and we hope these tips help you enjoy it to the fullest. Body & Soul Massage offers monthly membership and pain relief programs that will will help you stay active and healthy through any season. For more information call (978) 825-0040 or visit our website: www.bodysoulsalem.com