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How to Get Through the Last Few Weeks of Winter

How to Get Through the Last Few Weeks of Winter

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How to Get Through the Last Few Weeks of Winter
How to Get Through the Last Few Weeks of Winter

We are well into March and Spring is just around the corner. Yet, as Canadians, it can sometimes feel like winter is never going to end. For many of us, this year was particularly challenging between the extreme below zero temperatures and epic amounts of snow. 

Winter has been known to wreak havoc on our health and fitness goals. From craving comfort foods, to wearing large baggy sweaters, it can be so difficult to find any sort of motivation. It is not uncommon for us Canadians to hibernate, skip out on workouts and revert to take out because it just feels too cold to leave the house.

Yet when Spring comes around, we end up feeling sluggish and behind on our health and fitness summer goals.

So here are five tips to help brave the last few weeks of winter and prepare ourselves to get a head start on our summer bods!

1. Wake up earlier. 
This past week was Daylight Savings time. Although we lose an hour of sleep, try waking up earlier to take advantage of the extra daylight. You will not only feel more productive, but more daylight will help increase serotonin in our bodies and improve our moods.

2. Start incorporating more cardio.
It can be so challenging to do cardio in the winter when we are stuck indoors and have to use boring gym equipment. This can often make us neglect our cardio. Try taking an indoor spin class if it is still too cold to bike outside or if it is warming up, going for a long walk with friends. Get that heart rate up and increase blood flow to warm up the body.

3. Keep healthy with nutrient-dense foods.
Avoiding the cold and flu during winter time can seem like a full time job. It is so important to make sure we are eating enough whole foods, fruits and vegetables to support our immune system to keep us healthy.

4. Try spending 5 minutes outside.
Even if it is absolutely frigid, a little bit of fresh air goes a long way. Try walking to get a coffee, parking a little further away from your destination or taking a short walk around the block after dinner. Just a tad of fresh air can reenergise your body, boost your mood and productivity.

5. Up your hydration game.
Sometimes the last thing our bodies want in the winter is a cold glass of water. But hydration is just as important in the colder months, especially when the weather dries out our skin like crazy. Make sure you are still drinking lots of water. Try it at room temperature or adding some lemon and apple cider vinegar for a little kick.  
Most importantly, hang in there friends. There is light at the end of the tunnel and we are almost through to spring!

For my friends across the globe, if you are just heading into winter, these are tips you can use to stay on track with your wellness goals all season long.

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