Summer is over. And it sucks. Officially. As a bike fanatic and sun addict, I semi-despise cold temperatures and snow (even though skiing is my livelihood and one of my favorite things on earth). However, here are a few things I continue doing throughout the long, dark winter. If you have other suggestions, I'd love to hear them in the comments!
1- Keep drinking plenty of water.
Why? Hydration is key to cellular construction and brain function; it also keeps organs lubricated and staves off seasonal dehydration. Your body is made up of water -- keep it wet!
2 - Keep buying coconut oil.
Why? Coconut oil is one of the most beneficial oils on earth; ingestible, spreadable, and jam-packed with vitamins, minerals and healthy saturated and unsaturated fats, it aids everything from chapped lips and dry skin to thyroid function, heart disease and immune system response. Spread on dry skin, cooked with or used around the house as an anti-bacterial, this inexpensive supplement is for much more than sunbathing. Lather away!
3 - Keep getting your daily dose of sunshine.
Why? Even just five to ten minutes a day spent in the sunshine has an impact on blood glucose levels, brain activity and vitamin D production. Whether it's taking a walk during lunch or standing in the sun during your morning coffee session, studies show a myriad of health benefits to getting some sunshine! But with that in mind...
4- Keep wearing sunscreen.
Why? Skin damage happens, even when it's cold out or there's a thin layer of clouds. Reflective damage is also a high risk for active folks who spend time on the snow, at high altitudes or near water. Skin cancer is never en vogue.
5 - Keep that Sunday brunch date.
Why? Studies show that social involvement fends off mental decline and contributes to overall well-being. And I'm not just talking Facebook, either. Actually taking time to create and maintain connections with the people we love hinders stress, builds confidence and promotes mental acuity.