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Be a Winter Wellness Warrior With These 5 Tips

When the weather gets cooler, more rainy, and sometimes snowier, it can be difficult to motivate yourself to focus on your health and fitness.

But just as the seasons change, so should your wellness routine!

Yes, long are the days of evening Seawall runs, or outdoor volleyball matches. But your health and wellness doesn't just live at the gym. 

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Your wellness routine should extend beyond just your physical fitness, and focus on nourishing your body and your mind. 

How can you do that when you would rather curl up on the couch on a rainy afternoon? Well, that's where you start! 

1. Hygge 

You may have heard the buzzword "Hygge" rolling around. This is all about spending evenings in, with a fuzzy blanket, good friends, some warming tea, and then getting a good night's sleep. 

This is your excuse to say "no" to friends heading to the club for a long night out (followed by a long day in bed, and probably with a headache). 

The purpose of this practice is to focus on your personal mental wellness, and giving your body the rest it needs. This is especially important during cold and flu season!

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2. Schedule your workouts

Now, "Hygge" isn't your excuse to miss out on your workouts. And winter is the perfect time for you to prepare for your favourite summer sports (like running a marathon or long-distance cycling). 

The best way to stay committed, even on the rainiest days, is to schedule your workout in your calendar. Pack your fitness gear the night before, that way you save time in the morning for more important things... like coffee

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3. Use weekends to meal prep

Now that it's cooler, and we're spending a little more time indoors, meal prep can get a little more intricate. 

Try making stews, or casseroles on the weekend, that you can use for dinners and lunches throughout the week. If you're new to meal planning, try out these tips.

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4. Take your #SelfCareSunday to a new level with a spa day

There are easy self care tips you can do every day, but sometimes you just need to pull out the big guns. 

Luckily, if you live in Vancouver, it's easy to feel like you've escaped on a wellness retreat with places like the Scandinave Spa  just a short drive out of the city. 

Especially during the winter, it's important for us to take extra care of our bodies. As sickness is a little more rampant at this time of year, self care days let us rest and relax, giving our immune systems the support it needs. 

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5. Make time for Vitamin D 

With less daylight during the week, it can be hard to find time to catch a few rays (especially if you live in Vancouver). But getting enough Vitamin D is essential for a healthy immune system and metabolism. 

Some easy ways to get your Vitamin D are: 

  • Get outside on the sunny days! A 15-20 minute walk is perfect
  • Take a Vitamin D3 supplement
  • Prepare during the summer: dry out a portobello mushroom in the sun (bottom facing the sun). Use in soups and stews during the cloudy months

For more tips on how to keep your Vitamin D levels up, check out this blog post! 

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