It’s cold, motivation is lacking and everyone is on high alert to avoid getting sick. You can roll around the dettol hand sanitiser but how do others keep motivated, well and if they’re struck down with something how do they better quickly? We bombarded some our favourite health and wellness experts to find out their winter tips.
Ex Neighbours star now gun cycle and pilates instructor knows a thing or two about staying well. Full time vegan she has a few other tips up her sleeve to staying well.
- Set out your clothes the night before 1. so you don’t miss a workout but 2. so you can get your workout gear on with out leaving your warm bed.
- Eat warming foods. Cook up a whole batch of soups, stews, curries to last you the week so you don’t have to think about dinner at night.
- Up the water intake. You don’t feel as thirsty in winter but you still sweat so make sure you stay hydrated.
- Wash your hands constantly – like more then ever.
Ex laywer Sarah has taken on the health and wellness scene all over Australia. Her CV includes co-founder of Matcha Maiden, Matcha Mylkbar and so many wellness talks we’ve lost count (Tully and Sarah will be talking at the Perth Wellness Festival on June 17th get your tickets here).
- Get your beauty sleep – sleep is so important all year round and yet it’s often the first thing we sacrifice. In Winter especially, bad sleep can impact our immunity when we need it most, so make sure you’re getting enough sleep and that it’s good quality sleep. I like drinking sleep teas and diffusing essential oils to help unwind.
- Boost your diet – there are so many foods you can add to your diet to help strengthen your system against the elements. Eat foods that are high in Vitamin C like lemons, kiwifruit, capsicum and broccoli and try and add extra serves of vegetables to your meals where you can.
- Drink tea! I’m clearly a big tea fan but especially when the weather cools down, I love a big mug of winter warmth. Both black and green tea contain antioxidants that can have many health benefits for the body. This can also help us keep hydrated as cooler weather sometimes decreases thirst so we forget to keep our fluids up!
There’s not much this women can’t do. Founder and editor of one of the best lifestyle and wellness magazines a conscious collection, model and Australia Formula One ambassador she knows a thing or two about looking after yourself.
- Listen to your body and eat in season. Introduce more root vegetables in the cooler months to help feel grounded and centred.
- Up your antioxidants with teas like Matcha, Ginseng, Holy Basil, Dandelion or sip on warm water lemon, ginger and apple cider vinegar.
- If the thought of heading to the gym at 6am in 4 degrees Celsius doesn’t excite you (yeah, no thanks) look at some home workout options that you can do from the comfort of your own home.
- Listen to your body and practice a good self-care routine.
Tully Lou founder and creative director, avid workouter and wellness expert Tully is passionate about keeping fit and looking after your body.
- Exercise – Moving your body in the colder months is as important as summer time. Working out in winter can actually boost the immune system and improve your defences against that dreaded winter flu. However be careful not too push yourself to hard as it can have the opposite effect. It also helps to boost your energy – bonus.
- ArmaForce is a comprehensive formula combining andrographis, echinacea, olive leaf, vitamin C and zinc. Seriously this stuff is like crack. I take it everyday during the colder months. Any sign of a cold or flu I start taking these.
- Antibacterial Wipes. During the winter I turn into a germ freak. I will always carry around antibacterial wipes and clean every door handle and constantly wipe my hands after touching anything
- Regular saunas – I hate the cold weather and love getting super sweaty and toasty in a sauna or steam room during the winter months. The sauna can also ease the sinus congestion that comes with a winter cold. Depending on what type of sauna you are in if you are having one of the old school saunas a tip you can add some eucalyptus oil into the water that you ladle on.