Brace yourself. Winter is coming. And if the grey skies and chilly temperatures made it that little bit harder for you to pull yourself away from you duvet this morning, fear not! We have teamed up with Core The Studio and sat down to speak with their Performing Expert Max Zielger who shared with us his top 5 tips to stay strong and healthy in the upcoming dark months.
1. Have a cold shower in the morning.
Start by having a warm shower and endure 10 seconds of cold water at the end of the shower. Then try to increase the cold water sessions by 10 seconds every day. You might end up continuing having a cold shower every morning. The research of the benefits is compelling. they can strengthen immunity and circulation, and better your rate of recovery, mood, and alertness. Cold showers have even been used to treat depression as the increased blood flow helps release beta-endorphin. In other words, a great way to set yourself up for a successful day.
2. Drink warm water with lemon every morning.
Lemon is an excellent and rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies. It also balances the pH levels in the body and helps flush out toxins.
3. Prepare healthy and nutritious meals.
The cold, wet and dark months make us more receptacle for craving sugary and fatty unhealthy foods. Be prepared and establish a routine of eating healthy meals regularly and decrease your potential cravings. As well as the usual broccoli, fish and brown rice which work throughout the year, you can make stews and oven dishes like shepherd’s pie – the more you cook and stick to healthy local ingredients the less the chances of craving bad things.
4. Go for brisk walks on your lunch break.
It might sound counterintuitive to go for a walk when it is wet and cold outside but there is a method behind this madness. Children in Scandinavian nurseries play outside every day no matter how bad the weather is and they have much a better immune systems than stay at home kids. You too can decrease your risk of getting ill by making brisk walks outside a habit. Take every chance of catching some sunlight and moving your body – you might find that you are more productive after a short walk as well.
5. Try a class at CORE The Studio.
The combination of mindfulness, attention to detail and pushing yourself to improve your fitness and posture might be the kick start you need to implement all the other tips into your daily routine this winter. Core The Studio looks forward to seeing you soon.