The leaves have mostly changed colors and fallen, we’ve endured the first few frosts of the season, and a few of your neighbors have already switched out their pumpkins and gourds for pine boughs with red berries. Yes, it’s November; you’re fully entrenched in fall and bracing for winter. Whether you live for winter recreation or you’re more into hibernation, there’s no sugarcoating it: the rapid change in weather conditions can be harsh on your body.
While you’re in your holding pattern, it’s a good time to take stock of what you need to make the transition to winter easier. The good news is with a few tweaks, you can ease the jump into cold weather, even if your favorite thing about winter is watching the snow melt when spring arrives. Here are five things you’ll want to consider as days get shorter and colder.
Dryness is a common problem that accompanies colder weather and it’s not always easy to remedy. Take some time now to stock up on your favorite tried-and-true moisturizer or start doing some research to find one. We love using coconut oil to moisturize. Staying hydrated is also key to staving off dryness. It can be more difficult to remember to drink your water when the temps dip, but it is still just as important.
You’re already taking a daily multivitamin, right? If you aren’t, now is a good time to start! As cold and flu season hit us full force you need to make sure you are giving your body what it needs to keep its defenses sharp. You can’t expect your immune system to keep you well if you are deficient in your essential vitamins and minerals. Taking a daily multivitamin is a simple but important daily practice that you should incorporate year-round.
3. Cold weather active gear
Don’t forfeit the workout you love just because there’s a chill in the air! Sticking to your favorite activities is a great way to stay healthy and keep your spirits up throughout the fall and winter seasons. Just make sure you’re dressed appropriately when you leave the house, or you could end up having to cut your workout short. Gloves, a hat (or ear warmers), fleece-lined leggings, and a wind- and water-resistant jacket all top our list of cold-weather must-haves. Dressing in layers is the best way to ensure comfort during your outings.
Now is a good time to break out the humidifier again, check the filter, and make sure it’s in proper working condition. Some people choose to run it constantly in their homes during the cooler months, and some prefer to only use their humidifier when they’re sick or combating noticeable dry-weather symptoms. Either way, you’ll want to make sure yours is ready to go when you need it.
5. Healthy comfort food and drinks
Cold weather often leaves you craving warm comfort foods- not all of which are healthy! It’s okay to indulge in some less-than-healthy treats from time to time, but to keep your health on track, you’ll need to be armed with an arsenal of meal ideas that are healthy and comforting. Our recipe for success? Plan ahead! For healthy meal inspiration, check out our recipes page.
Winter is coming, but it doesn’t have to make you miserable. What are some of your favorite cold-weather comforts? Share them with us on our facebook page!
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