5 Ways to beat the Winter blues!

1. Eat well

Keep your diet tight! Nothing makes us feel worse than the moment after crushing a big ol’ bowl of regrettios followed by a tall glass of diet why-the-hell-do-I-still-drink this. Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 3.40.02 PMEating well is, and has always been, the number one way to improve all facets of your life from weight loss to happiness to sleep. And if there is one major myth out there in the world, it’s that eating well has to be eating pounds of kale and cans of dry tuna and that you never get to “enjoy life” if you eat healthy. Your food will taste equally as good as the time you spent investing in it!

But what if time is exactly the problem?  Good question.

If time is a major factor in why you can’t keep the diet on point, then consider outsourcing one or two meals a day to a meal delivery service.

At my gym we work with two great companies (Eat Savage and Paleo Toronto) that will deliver exciting, trainer approved meals right to your door. Research for yourself.

Try keeping a food journal to help you build the habit, that way you’ll be accountable to something and will be more likely to protect the momentum you’ve created!

 

2. Exercise

 

Exercising regularly will keep the healthy and happy chemicals flowing through your body and will help keep your overall outlook more positive! Exercise 3-4 times a week for best results.  Types of exercise to consider would be:

  • crossfitCrossFit – Why? CrossFit is social and community-based, which makes it very successful in its member retention rate. People feel very supported and it will give you goosebumps the first time you see the class surround and cheer on the final few participants across the finish line.
  • Yoga – Why? Yoga is great for the mind, body and soul. Winter often leads people to be introspective about their happiness and Yoga does a great job of making us appreciate the moment, the beauty in your heart beat, and to be thankful for all the blessings that are right in front of us. Sometimes we just need a reminder and a little perspective about how good we have it.
    Spinning – Why? Not a huge spinner myself but what I like about it is its ability to get people working hard and sweating. I love that people are super passionate about it and fitness is really about finding the thing you love and don’t consider to be tedious or unenjoyable. That way you’ll bake it right into your lifestyle and keep it going!

3. Take Vitamin D3

Everybody agrees that taking a D3 supplement in the winter can be very beneficial and most medical professionals seem to be okay with taking 1,000mg daily as a great starting point.Vitamin-D-capsules
A 2007 study also showed that supplementing D3 resulted in a positive increase in muscle growth and bone density. Now considering our main goal here is eating well and exercising, you just go on now, pop that supp, and you jive jive turkey.

4. Turn up the Music.

In a 2005 study published by the University of Missouri, researcher Yuna Ferguson found that folks that listened to “uplifting” music actually felt happier over a two week period. musicIt’s important to remember that the music of choice had to be considered to be “uplifting”, so make sure you steer the spotify away from the Death Cab.

 

5. Make time for yourself.

Another great takeaway from researcher Yuna Ferguson is this statement: “Although pursuing personal happiness may be thought of as a self-centered venture, research suggests that happiness relates to a higher probability of socially beneficial behavior, better physical health, higher income and greater relationship satisfaction.” Check, check and check all great things. So don’t let work or social pressures keep you from investing in yourself. If you’re happy, then everyone around you will be attracted to that energy and will totally appreciate you for it!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my little blog. If you found this article helpful please let me know by sharing it, getting in touch or commenting below!

Yours in health and lifestyle,

Sean Blinch

One thought on “5 Ways to beat the Winter blues!

  • January 15, 2016 at 8:57 pm
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    Great tips! Hate when I eat a bowl of regret-ios 😉
    Keep the tips coming!

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