Although we’ve been hit with sporadically warm days these past two weeks, I’m sorry to say that winter is not yet over. Marching through March, we all begin to notice the extra cookies and cake we might have eaten throughout the winter. Everything starts to catch up at this point in the spring semester– the weight gain, the dry skin, the empty wallet, and that feeling of being trapped inside for much longer than necessary. What makes it all worse is that warm weather is on it’s way and the panic to quit your unhealthy, energy draining, winter habits sets into full gear. No worries– you don’t have to give up on your dreams of getting in shape and being healthy for spring break or for the summer. There’s still time to get back on track and start feeling ready for the outdoors. There’s plenty of cost-free natural alternatives you can try as the cold weather fades to boost your energy and get back to feeling like the best version of yourself in no time.
- Beat the bloat: Winter is a time for comfort food and carbo-loading. You may feel bloated and bogged down as a result. A perfect home remedy for this is a warm honey lemon drink every morning. With a mix of warm water, half a lemon, and honey in a glass every morning, your winter bloat will soon disappear. Lemons are a diuretic in warm water, which can detox your body from the excess salt causing your constant bloat. This mix will also boost your metabolism and energy throughout the day!
- Yoga: Yoga is a great way to work off that extra winter weight. You can do it anywhere without any equipment– even when it’s cold. There are a myriad of instructional videos online for different levels and types of practices. Stretching for 20 minutes a day can be a great destresser as well, leaving your mind clear and your energy boosted.
- Winter Breakouts? Try Apple Cider Vinegar: The chocolate and candy from the winter season not only causes weight gain, it also causes a decrease in energy and an increase in facial acne. Dry skin is also one of the biggest causes of acne, as we apply many pore-clogging face lotions and touch our faces more often in the dry winter air. Apple cider vinegar is my go to facial cleanser and home remedy. Find a bottle of Apple Cider vinegar (make sure it has the “mother” in the mix– this is what makes it work). Mix about 1-2 tablespoons with water and gently apply to your face, making sure it soaks deeply into high problem areas. Rinse with water and then apply your facial lotions and moisturizers. Using this as a toner has made an immediate difference in my skin and can even be the best treatment for people with severe acne.
These three techniques are all feasible and inexpensive ways to use products at home to reverse the winter body damage we’re all guilty of. Make the most of the end of these indoor days and get ready to march forward right into summer days.