3 things to consider when Winter is coming...
Apologies for the Game of Thrones reference that may be lost on some, but the battle with the cold and dark is not just reserved for the Men of the Night's Watch. Aberdonians, adopted or born and bred must also battle through the long dark days which can have a marked effect on how we feel. Here are some top tips from teamASM on how to keep yourself going through the Winter.
1. The dreaded winter flu
When the seasons change, it is a fact that we are more susceptible to colds and flu. We all know that one person who sniffles from October to March. Well this can often be because the colder weather subconsciously changes your behaviours. Remember to continue to eat a diet rich in vitamins, especially vitamin C. Continue to exercise, this helps stimulate your lymphatic system to remove waste products and infection from your body.
What can ASM do help this along? Well our Manual Lymphatic Drainage service can also help to kick start your lymphatic system that works on overtime during the Winter. It is recommended you get ahead of the game and book in for you first session before the Winter really sets in. It helps put your defences on red alert. Check out our MLD service here
2. WINTER NIGGLE BUSTING TIPS
Often with the colder temperatures, we tend to feel more niggles and stiffness. This may be because it is harder to warm-up for activities, old injuries feel worse or just from subconsciously wrapping up against the elements we feel tight in those problematic postural hot spots. What can you do to help?
- Massage Therapy. Obviously being a massage therapy blog, we advocate using a good massage therapist at this time of year more frequently than you may do in the Summer. You can have areas that are currently a problem as well as areas that may become an issue dealt with before they become debilitating.
- HEAT. Using things like heat packs or wraps can be great on those areas you begin to feel or know are problematic at this time of year. Hot showers, saunas and jacuzzis are not only relaxing but the heat will help soothe aching areas. We offer a Hot Stones Massage Therapy Service that combines the benefits of heat with massage. If you have never had one, you have to check it out!
-Extend your warm-ups. It is very tempting at this time of year to do less warm-ups, especially when you do your activity outdoors. Who wants to stand in the rain any longer than they have to, right? Elements of your warm-up can and should be done indoors but make sure you take a bit more time to warm-up before beginning any higher intensity work and then those legs and backs will stay in fine fettle.
3. find a way to get some sunlight in your life
One of the biggest things that can effect your health and mood is the lack of sunlight. We just don't get enough at this time of year. There are a few strategies you can use to help make sure this is minimised
- Worship the sun. Being mindful of the dangers of the sun go without saying. Please do not think we are advocating getting scorched throughout the winter. However, when the sun does come out, try to make sure you go outside and make the most of it. Go for a walk, leave the car behind, get some fresh air. It makes a big difference.
-VitaminD. Supplementing your diet with vitamins that are created as result of sunlight can help also. There are natural ways to ensure you achieve good levels of VitD in your diet including green leafy vegetables.
-Sunlight alarm clocks. It sucks to get up when it is dark outside. Sometimes the body struggles with this. There is a lot of people advocating the use of alarm clocks that mimic a sunrise and sun set. This is thought to help your body wind down, achieve a better sleep and then slowly come round before your alarm goes off. We are going to try one ourselves this Winter and we'll keep you posted on how we get on with it!