Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Welcome winter and chase away the chills

Winter Chills and Blues It is that time of year again - days are shorter and colder...keep warm. Time and again I find myself playing the same old record over and over - Folks come in with shrugged shoulders, stiff necks, sore bodies...because when we are cold our natural tendency is to curl up, bundle up, tighten up and try to shrug off the chills. This usually leads to still feeling chilly and adding extra aches on top. Our bodies have a beautiful way to fight off the cold - and it doesn't include burying yourself under a mountain of blankets! Move - Take a few moments to stretch and then get moving. You build heat from within, aches and stiffness will melt away and before you know it you will have forgotten all about how cold you were. Breathe - deeply and through the nose to help hold on to that heat. Your nose has an amazing system in place to filter and warm air as it enters your body, it also helps to hold heat in as you exhale. Soak up the sun - find the sun while it is shining and bathe in it. Sure it may still be dark when you roll out of bed in the morning and dark again before the day's activities are through, but there is still sun time to be found. Even a 10 minute sun break can have a huge impact on your day, enjoy those stolen moments by spreading your arms wide all the way out to your fingers, smile up at the sun and feel it's warmth smiling back on you. Exercise, diet and sun time all release hormones and neurotransmitters in the brain that have a positive effect on your mood. If you find yourself suffering with winter blues let's find a solution to get you through the season. Join us for a drop in class, hunt up some new recipes that celebrate the change of season, explore outdoor activities. Harmony Health provides full service fitness, life and nutrition coaching, contact us for our current schedule and more information on how you can get started today to live better tomorrow!

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