Actually – all year round ideally.
It’ll make more sense as we go through them…
- Sunscreen – surprised?
I was when I very first heard this too, although it does make sense. Even though it may not be for sun-burn protection (some parts like NZ and Australia maybe exceptions!), the sun is still there in the winter.
Opt for one without the added parabens etc. Message me if you’d like some guidelines on selecting one.
- Eat Seasonally – not only does our food taste and smell best when it’s in season; the nutrients are at their optimal levels. (Yes, the two are linked!)
It also means we reach for the foods that are naturally best for our bodies at different times of the year; for example cucumbers, citrus fruits, and berries during summer…ideal to keep us hydrated and replenish our mineral and ion stores.
- Hydrate – you knew this one, didn’t you?
Given we sweat more in the summer, and we’re in heated environments in the winter, we’re losing our fluids all year-round.
And knowing that we’re made up of approx 60% water, it pays for us to keep our supplies replenished.
(Quick fact – did you know our body composition is as much as 75% water for baby girls, and reduces down to 45% for women over 60yrs?)
- Wear sunnies – eye damage is common…
…Perhaps more than we may think.
An estimated 285 million people worldwide are visually impaired. 33% of this being due to cataracts, which may be reduced by wearing good quality, UV protection specs.
Other risk factors reduced by sunnies include eyelid cancer and macular degeneration.
Makes sense to pop them on!
- Move it – there’s nothing like relishing the beach walks, swims, hikes and making the most of our general inclination to be out and about in fab weather.
Giving ourselves breaks between work blocks to pop out for supplies or even scoot up and down the stairs is also an effective all-year-round staple.
Take away – Know exercise is important, although don’t always fancy it? – then 3 ways to exercise when we don’t feel like it is for you!
Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O, is a Lifestyle Consultant, with over 26 years experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified osteopath, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, speaker, health mentor and Health Brand Ambassador. She loves to globe-trot with her husband Chris (NZ, Australia, USA, UK + Europe and Indonesia are current favourites) relishing an outdoor lifestyle and time with family and friends.