Can you see it, there? Just peaking out through the clouds. It’s the Sun. It’s on its way back. It’s that time again, time you shook off those cold weather blues and got back into it ready for summer.
Aside from cutting back on the takeaways and pints at the pub, there are many other ways you can #Springtox to prep you for the summery days ahead! We’ve picked out a few products, and made a few suggestions for easing back into the flow, and help detox without wrecking yourself.
Get out in the sunshine
This is our first and most important tip by far. If you take nothing else from reading this blog, we hope that you’ll take the time to get outside for even just a few minutes when the sun is shining.
Human beings are meant to be outside. Behind a desk is not what we were made for. Never mind the fact that being out in the sunshine increases your natural vitamin D levels and your mood, it just feels so good (even if it’s still a bit chilly).
We’re going to give you some suggestions when it comes to which supplements to take, but it’ll be all for nought if you’re about as hydrated as that once-loved houseplant we’ve all allowed to perish at some point in our lives.
Your cells need water to function. Your muscles need water to repair, and if you’re dehydrated, your brain is going to struggle to focus. Try stick to around 8 glasses of water and day and this will help both cleanse and detox your system!
Eat more protein and less carbs
Carbohydrates equal energy, which of course is important when you’re out and about being active, but know which ones to choose, and how much you need. In the Winter months, it’s tempting to snuggle up in the evening with a big bowl of pasta or a jacket potato. It might warm you up, but it’s wasted energy, which ultimately just gets turned into fat. Protein and healthy fats are a much more useful and sustainable source of energy, so when BBQ season comes around, skip the bun and have an extra protein instead.
Also, the type of carbs you want to be avoiding when it comes to helping yourself feel better, are the refined sort. That’s white bread and pasta, cakes, cookies and the like.
Join a gym, start CrossFit, find a half marathon to train for, or set yourself up with an at-home program. Don’t be timid about this. You’ve got one body, and it’s capable of amazing things. Whatever you think you can do, do more.
If you really want your body to react and change for the better this Spring, you need to push it. You need to get outside of your comfort zone and really go for it. Sweat, get your heart rate up and make those lungs work. Accept no excuses from yourself.