Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living!
Winter has officially begun; we can feel chills in the morning air. The most difficult thing to do during this time is staying active and fresh all day. With the feeling of lethargy pulling you down, you just wish you could lie in bed all day, but alas, that's not something you have as a choice. And it's not something your body would appreciate later on either. There are ways you can get your gears cranking to fight the winter laziness:
Drinking tea: A warm cup of chamomile/tulsi tea in the morning helps you to feel refreshed and charged up to get ready for the day. You can have it in bed and it'll have you out of bed in no time.
Stretching: With the immense laziness filled in us in the morning, stretching can actually be a saviour. Do some basic stretches to help you blood circulate better and make you more active. Learn from the cats.
Warming up: Just doing basic 5-10 minutes of warm ups can help shun the winter blues in a great way. You can try skipping, spot jogging, knee ups, etc. Just move to get moving.
Exercising: Another great way to feel active and alert is by exercising for a minimum of 30 minutes. This improves blood flow around the body and helps you wake up from your sleepy mood. You could walk, cycle, stair-climb, do sun salutations, etc.The thought losing some weight might lighten you up too.
House chores: Instead of expecting your domestic help for work (and taking them for granted), get up and do chores around the house. Like fetching yourself a glass of water, packing your own tiffin, cleaning up your wardrobes, etc. This will not only make you active but also help burn a few calories.
Grocery shopping: Another way to feel fresh and awake is to be close to nature. And what better than surrounding yourself with colourful fruits and vegetables? A good de-stressing activity is to go to the market and get all the groceries you need. And you get that chore out of the way too.
Eating healthy: Avoid all the junk food you can; they only make you sluggish and hungry for laziness. Eating healthier foods like fruits, lemons, dried fruits, nuts, and salads, sprouts will only add to your total vitamin and mineral consumption and help you feel energetic.
Hydration: Studies have shown that lack of water or dehydration can reduce brain activity severely. It's always a good idea to rehydrate yourself first thing in the morning to overcome the sleepiness and make your brain alert and active.
Contrary to popular belief, exercise doesn't make you tired; it pumps you up. Use this convenient weapon to fight your winter fatigue!