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Healthy Routine Tips For Winter

By Priyanka Verma 
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Take a walk, Daily;

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During winter, we tend to consume food with more calorific value as our body needs the extra warmth. One of the easiest ways to digest that calorie pumped meal would be walking for at least 15-20 minutes after eating.

Tip: You can walk outside your house for a while or stroll inside your house. It will help break down the meal in your body which further will be easy to digest.

Regular exercise: regular exercise consisting of cardio and strength training would be ideal. Cold weather can often make you feel lazy and de-motivated. Hence it would be wise to set up your fitness goals and routine pre winter and stick to them. You can also have an accountability partner like a friend , trainer or a spouse to help you keep on track.

Skin Trouble:
Damaged skin is one of the perils of winter. Cold weather damages skin resulting in dry, and itchy skin, chapped lips, and cracked heels. Skin care in winter is a must include moisturizing, applying sun protection creams and increasing intake of water.

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Vitamin status: keep a check on your vitamin B12 and D3 levels. Deficiency in both of these can exaggerate fatigue and disrupt the natural rhythm of the body. B12 deficiency can also lead to mood disorders and result in emotional and over eating.

Eat a balanced diet: Winter season foods include eating the right quality and quantity of carbohydrates such as whole grains and pulses, good protein sources such animal protein and pulses, high quality fats such as ghee, olive oil, coconut oil, raw nuts and seeds. Can indulge in warm foods like hot soups, tea, sprouts, protein foods.
Lastly ensure to consume foods that help with the gut health, Remember, 70-80% of the immune system lives in the gut. Hence giving it fermented vegetables, curd, apple cider vinegar daily and crowding out processed and high sugar foods is a good idea. A healthy immune system can help keep your health check during winter.

Maintain a routine: As much as winter can lead to late nights and waking up later as well. Remember the circadian rhythm is important for overall health and well being. A simple tip would be to maintain a journal and allow yourself to have late nights for like 2-3 days a week.

Sleep: A good amount of sleep helps to keep the body’s immune system healthy, eliminates stress hormone cortisol and burns calories. Sleep is non-negotiable factor for maintaining good health.

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