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Why Do I Feel Sluggish During Winter?

Most of us feel to need to hibernate when winter months hit.😴

The beautiful sunny, warmer, and long days are long gone, replaced by darker, colder, and shorter days.🥶

It suddenly becomes a herculean task getting out of bed in the morning. When you finally succeed in the challenge of getting up early, come Mid-day fatigue which rises to another level. At the end of the day, you are thinking to go to the gym but only you realize that it is becoming an impossible task – even though that was something you rocked during the summer and fall.

Days after days, the same routine repeatedly. This makes you feel not the best of yourself. Then you may wonder what wrong with you? Well, chances are you are just suffering from winter related-fatigue.

You are not alone feeling this way during the winter times. There are even scientific reasons people feel more tired during winter than they do during other seasons.

The goods news is you can take control of your body with steps to stay energetic and fight fatigue, even during the darkest days of winter.🙂

1. Welcome in some sunlight

A person playing in a sunny day
A person playing on a sunny day. Photo Credit:  Pexels

I live in New  York City in an apartment where I get little natural light from the sun in my room. So I usually go outside more often to get some sunlight whenever is a sunny day. It’s such a beautiful feeling and life pleasure!

If you can get enough sunlight in your living space, make sure your space is lit with sunlight as much as you can. Open your blinds or curtains as soon as you get up, and get outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible.

Sunlight is closely tied to human biology. Have you ever wonder why everyone enjoys a nice sunny day?☀️

Melatonin is a hormone primarily released by the pineal gland that regulates the sleep-wake cycle. When we are in dark, our body produces more melatonin, which leads us to feel more fatigue and tiredness. It is like our internal light switch.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “the change in season can disrupt the balance of the body’s level of melatonin, which plays a role in sleep patterns and mood”

2. Eat the right food

A vegetable meal
Photo Credit: Buenosia Carol (Pexels)

Food is with no denial of the ingredient that binds us together!  No matter your culture, race, ethnicity, or national origin, we all enjoy eating.😊

But eating the right foods for our well being is another story. Food is so yummy that we can easily go out of control with it. So it should be wised to know what to eat and to have just a little bit of discipline with foods.😁

According to the Nation Health Service (NHS), “Once the summer ends, there’s a temptation to ditch the salads and fill up on starchy foods such as pasta, potatoes, and bread. However, you’ll have more energy if you include plenty of fruit and vegetables in your comfort meals.”

It’s advised to avoid foods containing lots of sugar. “They may give you a rush of energy, but it’s one that wears off quickly.”

Also, prioritize eating foods rich with vitamin D because we tend to be deficient during winter. This is due to the fact that we usually get less sun exposure.  Vitamin D can be found in oily fish (mackerel, tuna, and sardines), mushrooms, and fortified dairy and non-dairy substitutes.

You can also get it from dietary supplements. But note that there is a limit to the daily intake of vitamin D. Talking to a physician or having a blood test can better inform you of your vitamin D level.

A blood test revealed that I was low in vitamin D earlier this year. My doctor then prescribed me some supplements that really helped me out.

3. Stay active

A photo of me at a park in Brooklyn, NY
A photo of me at a park in Brooklyn, NY

Eating well to stay healthy is only one part of the equation. There is another commitment in the deal we must do. And that is to make sure our body exercises regularly.

What’s simple as that?🤗

Movement is necessary to maintain and maximize our mental health. Doctors are recommending movement as medication in almost every condition as science supports its efficacy. A doctor interviewed by Wellbeing magazine discussed the importance of exercising. ” Exercise is the magic pill,” says Michael R Bracko, chairman of the American College of Sports Medicine’s  Consumer Information Committee.

Though, the spread of the COVID-19 doesn’t appear to slow down or go away anytime soon. A second lockdown is looming, making things harder to go to the gym or stay longer outside.

Many gyms will certainly shut down or have limited opening hours in case of the second wave of government restrictions.

Chilly temperature and lockdown are two perfect ingredients to make us feel lazy and not to do anything. Instead, the comfort from our couch or bed will attract us more and we may want to stay in for a longer time.

Luckily, there are still some fun and easy ways to stay active at home with various workout equipment. And they can easily be incorporated into your daily routine. 😊

On a side note, I would like you to know that I have been recovering from an ACL sprain since March 2020. Home workout equipment like resistance bands has been very helpful to get me fit. Despite they are used for low-impact exercise, they are great to build muscle.

Please note that you should talk to your doctor if you thing have an underlying condition that may cause you to feel low energy during winter

Bellow some home workout equipment deals with some going more to 50% off the original price. You might want to check out!

MoKo Resistance Bands with Handles

MoKo Resistance Bands with Handles
Deal ends Nov 21, 2020, 12:00PM

$15.56  (68% off). Get it Now

CIXI Resistance Bands Pedal Tension Rope with Handle

Deal ends Nov, 28, 12:00PM

$9.99 (83% off).  Get it Now

Jump Rope for aerobic exercice

Deal ends Nov, 24, 12:00PM

$9.56  52% off). Get it Now

Primasole Yoga Mat

Deal ends Nov, 26, 12:00PM

$13.73  (45% off). Get it Now

MOOND  Fabric Resistance Bands

Nov 17, 2020, 12:00 PM

$13.29 (56% off). Get it Now

 

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