Tips for Staying Energized in the Winter

The cold winter months are upon us. The days are shorter. It’s not uncommon to feel sluggish and lethargic, but you can fight back! Don’t let the winter blues keep you down this season.

Vitamin D Supplements
Fewer hours of sunlight and more frigid temps have us running for cover in winter months. But, with less outdoor activity, our vitamin D level can drop quickly. Low vitamin D can leave you feeling sluggish. To stay at the top of your game this winter, make sure your diet includes foods rich in vitamin D. Load up on fatty fish (salmon is a great choice), dairy, and eggs (the yolk, specifically).

Not a seafood or dairy fan? If you find yourself struggling to consume an appropriate amount of vitamin D, supplements are available to help you meet your daily requirement.

Regular Exercise
We know. It’s cold and nothing sounds better than hitting the snooze button and staying in bed for a few more minutes, or cuddling up on the couch after a long day of work and not moving until bedtime. The last thing you want to do is put on your workout gear and get moving, right? Time for some tough love.

As hard as it is to get started, doing something to get your blood pumping is exactly what you need. Not only will a good sweat session warm you up, it’s also a great way to clear your head and boost your mood (hello, endorphins!). You don’t have to think very long to come up with a list of reasons you should be exercising regularly, but if you need a little extra push at this time of year, try a few of these:

  1. Commit to 10 minutes a day.
  2. Tell yourself you can quit after 10 minutes, but you’ve got to get those 10 minutes in. Chances are, after you’ve started, you’ll want to keep going.
  3. Find an exercise buddy. If you need a little help sticking to your routine in the wintertime, find someone to help you stay accountable. Even if they can’t meet you in person for a work out, it can be motivating to know that you need to report back to them.
  4. Shake up your routine with a new workout.
  5. Maybe the thought of heading outside for a run or going to the gym is what’s keeping you on the couch? Kick your excuses to the curb with an at-home routine or try a DVD or online video. There are so many options available online for free.

Regular Sleep
If you tell yourself “just one more episode” multiple times each night and wind up getting to bed later than you had planned, this tip is for you. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep at night helps in maintaining a healthy well-being. Set yourself up for success with a solid night time routine (that includes powering down all screens at least 30 minutes before bedtime), a comfortable sleeping environment, and an appropriate wake up time. It can be hard to shut off the screens at an earlier hour— we challenge you to try an earlier bedtime for a week and see how you feel.

Stay Healthy
Nothing will put a damper on your energy levels like getting sick. Deter the bugs this winter with regular hand washing (with soap), hand sanitizer, and keeping up with your healthy diet and vitamin regimen. If you do get sick, take the appropriate measures to care for yourself, so you can bounce back quickly. Take plenty of time to rest and recuperate.

This blog is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice. Content is for informational purposes only. Please consult with a physician or other healthcare professional regarding any medical or health related diagnosis or treatment options.