Author: Christian Baker, a professional speaker and nutritional specialist, talks about behavioral changes people may experience during the winter. He offers 5 effective strategies that help stay energised and get back on track during colder months.
I love winter. From the mental boost that comes from a frosty morning to the cosiness that comes from curling up under the blankets at night, it really is one of my favourite times of the year.
Interestingly, a popular method for treating patients with serious depression in the past was to give them daily ice baths.
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The sun doesn't shine as bright, rise as high, or for as long during the winter months so it's important to get some sun exposure when you can.
Even 10 minutes of sun exposure each day can create a noticeable difference to your energy levels and mood. If it's a sunny morning you can combine the above 2 strategies and get your cold exposure and sun exposure at the same time.
Also, by stepping out into the sun first thing in the morning you may receive some additional benefits from the UV rays hitting your eyes (Do not look directly into the sun, just look up to the sky) such as increased mental performance later in the day.
Also, thanks to Australia's obsession with slip, slop, slap and avoiding the sun at all costs we are becoming a country increasingly depleted in Vitamin D levels, even during summer.
Vitamin D has many roles to play in the body and one of the most relevant to winter is immune function, so by getting some sun exposure during winter you may be preventing your usual winter cold or flu that you've come to expect each year.
Now, if you're having a hard time getting enough sun exposure or you want some additional insurance you can now take sunshine in a pill.
Vitamin D supplements are widely available in Australia and are quite cheap too.
Always take Vitamin D3 and not Vitamin D2.
D3 is the form that is as close as possible to the Vitamin D we produce in our own bodies when exposed to the sun. D2 is not as effective at helping you top up your Vitamin D levels.
Bulletproof Vitamins A-D-K include a powerful combination of vitamins A, D3 and K2 for immune, heart and bone support
Also, Vitamin D tends to absorb better when combined with Vitamin K, apart from buying a Vitamin D3 supplement that also includes K2 (The preferred form of Vitamin K) you can also get this valuable vitamin from the following sources:
The cold and darkness of winter can often make you feel like sitting idle and not exercising very much. However, the thing is that when you feel low on energy you don't want to exercise yet when you exercise you tend to feel more energetic.
It's a classic chicken and egg situation.
So if you're having a hard time getting yourself in the mood to exercise or it just feels like too much effort, try this instead:
Workout for just 10 minutes.
Seriously, it's enough to make you feel great and there is no need to feel guilty about going home after just a 10-minute workout.
And then, next time, do 15 minutes, or perhaps 20 minutes. Most likely after awhile you will feel so good after the first 10 to 20 minutes that you will want to stay for another 10 to 20 and eventually you'll be back to doing 45 minute to 1 hour workouts again and you'll be training just like it was summer again.
As for the workout types, simply take whatever your current preferred workout routine is and shorten it.
If you're a beginner and don't know what kind of workout to do then ask a friend, a trainer or spend some time on the internet as there are almost limitless options as to what you can do.
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People tend to have more sex in summer and less in winter.
There is a hilarious ad campaign promoting safe sex and condom use here in Germany that always runs during summer in response to the increased friskiness of the general population.
Unfortunately, the prudes in the Australian government are unlikely to ever allow such a campaign but to give you an idea it literally shows a man with his crotch on fire and a fireman spraying him with a hose and says something along the lines of "if it burns when you use it, see your doctor".
But I digress.
Sex is great, not only is it fun but it provides a whole handful of hormonal benefits including a boost to the immune system, your mood and your energy levels.
If you have a partner, please present them this blog post as evidence that the two of you must have more sex in order to improve your health this winter. It's your duty and it's the right thing to do for your health.
Or, if you're single like I currently am, go out and get social and meet people.
Or, use social apps like Tinder and Bumble to meet other single people, these apps are as ubiquitous as Facebook and Instagram now and there really isn't any stigma attached to meeting people on there anymore.
On a side note:
There, I've done a great thing for society today.
Anyway, this is not a dating advice post, use whatever methods (that are of course ethical, legal and safe) you wish to increase your frequency of sex and enjoy the benefits that come along with it.
And that's it.
So if you want to stay strong, energised, motivated, fit and not get sick this winter be sure to do the following:
Have fun and feel free to let me know how you go in the comments.
Until next time,
Live with Energy
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