Hey Angels and Alphas,
Seasonal body transitions, such as the one from winter to spring and the one from spring to winter, can be a very significant (and sometimes harsh) shift for a lot of people. This can be due to hormonal changes, metabolism changes, or even lifestyle changes. The physical and emotional effects of different seasons can start to linger off into other months.
For example, Winter’s effects can sometimes creep up on the warmer months and get many people to feel hazy, down, or even depressed. And what you should know is… that’s completely okay!
With Summer basically at our doorstep, we’re here to talk about a few tips you can leverage to thrive in an environment of changing seasons. We often think of Summer as a time when we’re full of energy, outgoing, and looking forward to warmer temperatures, stacked beaches, family barbecues, and so much more. (Unless you’re from Australia.)
But for all of you reading who are living in countries where Summer is still hot and Winter is still cold, here are a few tips you can use to survive (and thrive) seasonal body changes.
First of all, it won’t hurt to start this season off with a little detox.
With raging parties and family barbecues making up a significant amount of our Summer nights, a little focus on gut health wouldn’t hurt. In fact, it could only help us thrive past the Summer season and make significant progress toward our health and body goals.
That’s why you should start this season off by cleaning up your diet of any foods that could potentially cause inflammation – trans fats, sugar, and refined carbs. Try ditching all of them for a week to give your body the much-needed rest it deserves. After that, you can make an effort to add a probiotic supplement to your diet, as well as start cutting off the foods you’d usually consume in the Winter/Springtime.
Then, gradually, start introducing more and more fruits and veggies into your menu. You’re going to need them not just because they’re chock-full of micronutrients that keep our body functioning properly, but because they’re absolutely vital to proper hydration. While this isn’t a traditional detox, it’s only going to help you adjust to the seasonal changes as these transitions are going on around you.
Second, make sure you thaw out slowly!
This might be more of a minor point but it’s still one that should be discussed. One of the worst things you can do in terms of managing seasonal transitions is to go from heavy jackets to shorts and sandals in a matter of days.
Just like you gradually add more and more clothing when temperatures outside drop, you should gradually remove clothing as temperatures start rising.
Instead of shocking your body, give your body a chance to adjust because sudden, sharp temperature changes will do nothing but slow you down.
And finally, stay on track with your training and cardio.
Cardio is the perfect way to boost your heart rate and get yourself sweating – helping you take stagnant energy off your body.
Keeping active during seasonal changes is a must, as it will help you become more aware of the internal changes going on in your body and better adjust your metabolism to warmer temperatures.
There has always been a significant amount of people in the fitness community who are training for the Summertime. While this mindset is still better than no training at all, it misses the bigger picture – you should be training regardless of what the weather is, regardless of the changes going on in and around your environment.
If you keep your training and cardio up to speed (no pun intended) regardless of the seasonal changes going on around you, you’ll have no problem making consistent progress toward your health and fitness goals.