9 Ways to Prep Your Body for Winter

There are no words more ominous than the phrase “winter is coming” — and with good reason! Winter means shorter days and colder weather. But before you go into hibernation until March, try these tips to prep your body for winter.

1. Eat your oranges.

Whether you decide to get your fix through a supplement or an orange, make sure you add some Vitamin C into your diet. It’ll help boost your immune system — something you’ll sorely need when flu season makes its appearance.

2. Take a vitamin D supplement.

Usually it’s best to get this vitamin from the sun. But since the days are now shorter, the sun is probably going down by the time you leave the office. So start taking a vitamin D supplement! Remember, vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and teeth because your body can’t absorb calcium without it.

3. Exfoliate.

Winter means dry air — which usually means dry flaky skin. It’s a not a good look! Get your alligator baby-smooth by exfoliating. Just grab a body scrub from the drugstore and do it in the shower.

4. Moisturize.

There’s nothing worse than dry, cracked hands — which is why moisturizing is essential in the winter! Do it after exfoliating for best results. Since winter gives us all dry skin, now is the time to switch to a thicker cream or even a gel formula. Don’t forget to place a pump bottle of lotion in your bathroom. Using it after you wash your hands will help keep your skin nice and supple.

5. Hydrate.

This advice applies to every season. Stay hydrated! It’s great for your body and your skin. And winter is the perfect time to start drinking soup — it’ll keep you warm and hydrated.

6. Don’t forget sunscreen. 

Just because the sun is out for less time doesn’t mean you should forgo UV protection. Apply sunscreen to any exposed skin every time you go outside. Since it’s winter, it shouldn’t take too long — you won’t have much skin showing to begin with.

7. Buy draft stoppers.

Winter wind has a nasty way of cutting through our warm clothing and chilling us to the bones. Block this chill from entering your house by getting draft stoppers. You place these fabric devices in the space between your doorway and the floor to block the wind from getting in.

8. Get warm.

It’s time to layer up! But you don’t have to wear every piece of clothing in your closet to stay warm. Try specialized clothing like Heattech — it’s designed to keep you warm without making you look like the Michelin man.

9. Consider light therapy. 

With winter comes Seasonal Affective Disorder and one of the best ways to combat that is with light therapy. If you’ve been diagnosed, your doctor will likely recommend that you purchase a light box. It mimics natural light to help you feel better.

Enjoyed this? Check out 8 Things You Can Do Now to Reduce Holiday Stress!

Written by Roselyn Sebastian

There are no words more ominous than the phrase “winter is coming” — and with good reason! Winter means shorter days and colder weather. But before you go into hibernation until March, try these tips to prep your body for winter.

1. Eat your oranges.

Whether you decide to get your fix through a supplement or an orange, make sure you add some Vitamin C into your diet. It’ll help boost your immune system — something you’ll sorely need when flu season makes its appearance.

2. Take a vitamin D supplement.

Usually it’s best to get this vitamin from the sun. But since the days are now shorter, the sun is probably going down by the time you leave the office. So start taking a vitamin D supplement! Remember, vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and teeth because your body can’t absorb calcium without it.

3. Exfoliate.

Winter means dry air — which usually means dry flaky skin. It’s a not a good look! Get your alligator baby-smooth by exfoliating. Just grab a body scrub from the drugstore and do it in the shower.

4. Moisturize.

There’s nothing worse than dry, cracked hands — which is why moisturizing is essential in the winter! Do it after exfoliating for best results. Since winter gives us all dry skin, now is the time to switch to a thicker cream or even a gel formula. Don’t forget to place a pump bottle of lotion in your bathroom. Using it after you wash your hands will help keep your skin nice and supple.

5. Hydrate.

This advice applies to every season. Stay hydrated! It’s great for your body and your skin. And winter is the perfect time to start drinking soup — it’ll keep you warm and hydrated.

6. Don’t forget sunscreen. 

Just because the sun is out for less time doesn’t mean you should forgo UV protection. Apply sunscreen to any exposed skin every time you go outside. Since it’s winter, it shouldn’t take too long — you won’t have much skin showing to begin with.

7. Buy draft stoppers.

Winter wind has a nasty way of cutting through our warm clothing and chilling us to the bones. Block this chill from entering your house by getting draft stoppers. You place these fabric devices in the space between your doorway and the floor to block the wind from getting in.

8. Get warm.

It’s time to layer up! But you don’t have to wear every piece of clothing in your closet to stay warm. Try specialized clothing like Heattech — it’s designed to keep you warm without making you look like the Michelin man.

9. Consider light therapy. 

With winter comes Seasonal Affective Disorder and one of the best ways to combat that is with light therapy. If you’ve been diagnosed, your doctor will likely recommend that you purchase a light box. It mimics natural light to help you feel better.

Enjoyed this? Check out 8 Things You Can Do Now to Reduce Holiday Stress!

Written by Roselyn Sebastian

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