Winter Sports: Staying tip top when temperatures drop

Winter Sports: Staying tip top when temperatures drop

1. Layer up and stay warm:

Winter Sports: Staying tip top when temperatures drop

No matter what activity you choose to stay fit in winter, staying warm outdoors is important. It’s not just about feeling comfortable. Your body needs to stay warm to properly function. When your body is at the right temperature, it won't need to spend as much energy trying to keep warm. If you’re not too keen on the bulk that occurs when layering, some of the newer fabrics like merino and DryLete fabric will give you the same warmth by regulating your temperature, as well as being sweat resistant. Wet clothes mixed with wind chill is a recipe for spending a few days sick in bed, so if you do go out when the weather isn’t so flash (we’re impressed by your commitment), make sure you’re dressed for it.

2. Boost your immunity:

Winter Sports: Staying tip top when temperatures drop

It’s no secret that the fitter you are, the less likely you are to succumb to sickness during winter. But even if you are active all year round, you’re still not immune to the nasty chills and viruses that could force you to take a break from your workout routine. Proper sleep and the right nutrients can give your immune system an added boost to keep your body strong and healthy.

Keeping your immune system functioning properly is vital through winter, so look for natural immune boosting ingredients that can work to support it.

Olive Leaf is a great choice as it helps increase immunity with its antibacterial and anti-viral actions. If you do find yourself coming down with something, it’s best to get on top of it straight away with some powerful, fast acting natural support. Try either Viralex Attack or Viralex Soothe, which both contain clinically researched EpiCor to support your body’s defences and immune response, acting quickly to help relieve your symptoms. You can read more about EpiCor’s amazing benefits here.

3. Drink up (water that is):

Winter Sports: Staying tip top when temperatures drop

During the cold weather your body still loses water the same way that it does during summer. Just because we sweat more during summer, especially when exercising, it doesn’t mean we don’t need to drink as much water during winter. Staying hydrated is essential because it directly impacts your immunity. Water helps your lymphatic system which is basically in charge of filtering the rubbish out of your body, as well as carrying white blood cells and immune cells. It’ll also help you with digestion, energy levels and will keep your skin looking bright and clear from breakouts.

4. Warming up and down:

Winter Sports: Staying tip top when temperatures drop

We know that we should do stretches before and after exercising, but why? Stretching to warm up elevates the heart rate and increases the flow of blood and oxygen through the body. It increases the circulation of blood and oxygen throughout the muscles, prepares our joints and ligaments, plus improves our flexibility to help prevent injury.

Warming down to recover from an activity is just as important. Your goal during a warm down should be to gradually bring your heart rate back down to its resting level. Stretching when your muscles are warm, after a workout, will also help to improve your flexibility over time, which in turn helps prevent injury. Make sure you wear an extra layer, as your body will cool down quickly once you finish exercising

5. Protect your muscles and joints naturally:

Winter Sports: Staying tip top when temperatures drop

Injuries are a common occurrence when participating in winter sports. Whatever your fitness level is, there are some key natural supplements you can take that’ll support your body.

Magnesium plays a key role in muscle relaxation and recovery. You can either take magnesium or try using magnesium cream. Since your skin is your largest organ, rubbing the cream directly on the sore spots will effectively target the area and get to work easing the pain. Physical activity such as running or playing team sports involves continuous muscle contractions and may trigger damage and inflammation to the muscle cells. Turmeric is a master when it comes to inflammation and is key in reducing the onset of many inflammatory pathways in the body. It’s important to make sure that you don’t wear your joints out. Glucosamine provides the building blocks for keeping them healthy and supple. This means they’ll stay healthy and be able to repair and restore themselves quickly if they do get damaged, so you can carry on with your active lifestyle.

While it’s much harder to get motivated to exercise when it’s cold and dark outside, staying active during winter supports a better mood, helps to manage stress and can improve your concentration. Whether you are old or young with these smart lifestyle habits and a little help from nature you can stay healthy, active and injury free this winter.

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