Winter Festivities

The abundance of nature can be experienced in full form with preparation and a touch of determination. Facing the chill of the wind can be daunting when the warmth and coziness of home with tasty drinks and warm treats beckons. But once outside, the colours of home appear that much more inviting for a restful evening after an outdoor adventure.

Whether it be skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or simply walking the trodden pathways while admiring the ice tipped branches illuminated from the snow shining up from below, getting outside and working up a sweat feels great!

The benefits of regular exercise are nearly limitless in scope of human health and well-being.

Circulation increases and because every component of our bodies is dependent upon cardiac function all of our muscles and organs will appreciate the efforts.

So what are a few tips for these outdoorsy activities?

■Hydration! Drinking water before, during and after decreases the perception of intensity and allows for a more invigorating session with the impression of it being moderate exercise.

□Moisturization! The elements of the winter: icy sharp winds with snowfall and a bright sun can really be harsh on the face. Using a skin oil serum after cleansing the face and before applying skin cream and some SPF sun care cream will protect your complexion.

■Stretching and starting off slowly. While wearing layers is the way to go, warming up the skeletal-muscles allows for a better workout. Most winter activities will activate your core muscles and those of your extremities. A good stretch afterwards will feel wonderful too!

□Snacks. A little bit of food can go a long way! Being outdoors calls for continuous movement for the best experience. Having a snack handy can be enjoyable. Allow the contrast and lighting to capture your attention and attend to your appetite once you’ve worked up a real hunger!

■BE PRESENT! It can be remarkably easy to get caught up in picture taking, thinking, music and conversing. The winter has the unique ability to capture silence in the air. Take a few moments to listen to the sounds of your own breath as you move. It will create a magical effect to hear the world around you renewed!

Warm winter wishes and good health await you!

Nicole Reilkoff ND

Nicole Reilkoff ND

Nicole Reilkoff certified Naturopath and reflexologist, offers her professional bilingual, services from the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex situated in Montréal.




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