How you can boost your physical and mental health this winter

As winter arrives and people start to move indoors thanks to the cooling temperatures, it can start to do a real number on physical and mental health.

People often complain that winter feels like the longest season, and for many, it’s the fact they feel trapped indoors that contributes to it. So, what can you do to boost your physical and mental health this winter, making sure you keep a positive attitude all season long? There are a few tips you can use, and the great news is that you’ll get immediate results from these.

Increase your social activities

A great way to improve your mood and ensure you don’t feel blue during the winter is to increase your social activities. You can invite friends and family to your house, meet up at a favorite restaurant, do an activity together, and really make an effort to be with others.

Roller skating indoors – the perfect winter activity

Winter is also a great excuse to check out the many exciting indoor sports that you can take part in. There are the typical and traditional sports, but if they don’t appeal to you or you want to step outside your comfort zone, you may want to give roller skating a try.

Roller skating acts as a fantastic lower body workout, since you can burn a fair number of calories in just a half-hour skate. In just 30 minutes you can burn on average 250 calories, yet it won't feel like a workout. It is a cardio activity and can help to build and tone your muscles. It also helps to build your endurance and improve flexibility and balance. To get started, you’ll need a pair of roller skates, knee pads, wrist pads, a helmet and roller skate toe guards to protect your skates.

Make sure you still get outdoor time

While it may be cold and blustery outdoors, the fact remains that fresh air is important to your mental and physical well-being. Even if you just go for a brisk 15-minute walk, it’s still important. When the sun is shining, you want to take advantage and get your dose of vitamin D, as it’s not always so easy to come by in the winter.

Getting enough sleep is extremely important

The amount of sleep you get will have a huge impact on your well-being, so it also needs to be a priority. Making sure you get at least seven hours of sleep each night means you’ll wake up feeling refreshed, energized and ready to take on the day – no matter what it may throw at you.

Explore the many winter comfort food options

Comfort food can also be a great way to make it through winter with a smile on your face. There are so many delicious recipes that are ideal for cold winter days. If you don’t already own one, now is the time to invest in a slow cooker as it will be your most-used appliance this winter.

All these tips will allow you to tackle winter like a pro, positioning your mental and physical well-being as a priority.

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