Big, comfy jumpers, snuggling up on the couch while the rain comes down outside, enjoying some warm and hearty food...these are the delights of winter. We all do it - it’s a habit as regular as the seasons themselves. And, when the air is cold and days are short and gloomy, it can be hard to find the motivation to go out at all, let alone exercise.
But, as the sun begins to beam and the temperature starts to warm, a lot of us look back over the winter months with a wince.
The hot chocolate, the pasta, the “it’s too cold to go out” excuses...they all start to flood back to us. They buzz around your mind, leaving you looking at your spring and summer wardrobe with a glimmer of guilt in your eyes.
But, instead of scolding yourself mentally for all of your winter comforts, why not leap into spring with a fresh mind, attitude and body?
It’s time to say goodbye to your winter self and say hello to a new, summer you with these natural tips.
Your Shoes Were Made for Walking
One of the hardest things about leaving winter is breaking your routine. If you’ve gotten out of the rhythm of regular exercise, it can be incredibly difficult to get back into it. So, why not to do it in baby steps?
Sometime during your day, put on your sneakers and set off for a walk. It could be walking to your local shops or a quick whip around the block, it doesn’t matter. So long as you’re getting out there, it’s all good.
Regular exercise will do you a world of good when it comes to your health and wellbeing.
Not only does it encourage the release of wonderful endorphins, it also helps you to burn fat, lose weight and tone up.
Switch the Coco for Water
In the depths of winter, hot drinks are all we want. But, coffee, hot chocolate and tea can be secret sources of calories. If you have your beverage with sugar and milk or your hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream, you could be adding a couple hundred more calories into your day. It can really add up over time. But, more than that, these drinks often serve to dehydrate us, leaving your body a bit sluggish.
To help you to shed those winter kilos, swap your regular hot drink for water. Drinking more water helps to fill you up and stimulate your metabolism, and it also helps your brain to fire at peak performance.
Top tip: Add a squeeze of lemon or a few raspberries to your water bottle. Not only will that infuse your drink with beautiful antioxidants, it will also give you a refreshing and delicious drink.
Change Your Diet
After months of consuming stodgy and carb-rich meals, it’s normal for your body to feel a little heavy or sluggish. The fantastically hearty and yummy meals we so regularly eat during winter are often stocked full of calories, and can be troublesome to give up.
Changing your diet and eating habits are essential to getting your body ready for the warmer months. But, this doesn’t mean you should go cold turkey. Instead, start off by focusing on reducing your portion size. Swap carb-loaded meals for healthier alternatives. Introduce more salads and lighter options to your recipe repertoire.
If you do this, you’ll feel like a new person in no time. Not only will you crave the calorie-rich meals less, but you’ll feel lighter and less weighed down by all that heavy food.
Detox Your Way to a Summer Body
The perfect ally in your mission for the perfect summer body is a natural detox. By flushing your system over a number of weeks, you safely and naturally restore your body to equilibrium. Some of the benefits of detoxing include:
- More energy
- Clearer skin
- Weight loss
- Reducing bloat
- Restores normal digestive function
At Brauer, our natural detox products are made from traditional homeopathic ingredients. Our Detox natural remedy range is designed to assist your body safely and naturally in its efforts to detoxify - discover more about it here.
Together with exercise, lots of water and a healthy and nutritious diet, you can welcome summer with a smile, knowing your health and wellbeing is at its best.