Tuesday, November 13, 2012

3 Tips for Transitioning the Winter Season

Living in Houston, we don't get the dramatic seasonal change that our neighbors to the north get; their brisk fall transitioning into blustery winter... Even so, as Houstonians our bodies must adapt to our own change. It is important to take care of yourself during this time of transition so that you can be at your best. I've listed some tips and tricks to aid you on your path towards a smoother season shift - despite our "warmer than the north" temperatures.

Getting Physical
No matter what time of the year it is, exercise should be top of the list especially in our cooler seasons. When the winter season rolls around for us here in Houston and temperatures drop to a mild chill, I find jogging or cycling outdoors to be especially pleasant. And while our cool fronts are known for bringing rain; that should not be a reason to tone down the exercise frequency or stop at all. Running the treadmill indoors or taking part in a group class or indoor boot-camp is always an option. Even if you have the means, hitting up your local gym is always better than sitting sedentary.

Eating healthy is equally important. Especially with the holidays that go hand in hand with the winter season, gifts packed with sweets and large dinner parties will always be a temptation, but finding ways of maintaining self control and keeping your health in check should always be a top priority.

In an Emotional State
S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a real problem when the days get gray and the night gets longer. Although the weather outdoors maybe cold and desolate, that doesn't mean you have to be the same way. Keep your emotions in check and don't let the gray weather blues get the best of you. When the holidays approach and things get hectic, don't overload yourself. Keep things simple and realistic. Instead of trying to please others, think about the social activities that would keep you happiest and healthiest. That way you won't overwhelm yourself physically or drain yourself emotionally trying to cater to everyone else's demands. Who cares what others might think? In the end, all that really matters is that -from the start to the finish- you are happy, healthy and enjoying your life.

Unfortunately, with this time of year, finances and schedules don't let you de-stress as much as you might need. However, temporary escapes like the spa or a near by weekend vacation can be just as relaxing. Even a simple indulgence like getting a manicure or pedicure will do the trick, and you can always count on me for a massage. ;-)  While enjoyable outdoor activities such as hiking or trips to the beach might be more limited, seeing a comedy, or picking up a good book can be an indoor substitute. Try to steer away from activities such as shopping and eating out. Not only do they start creating a dent in your wallet, but they also can become a stressful event if self-control is not in check.

So with these tips in mind, I hope you have a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday!

As always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal

Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

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The content and information on this site is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease.
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