Oh 2014, you truly started with a bang! You came in with a blast of cold air from the north and with your frigid -50 degree wind chill temperatures (aka “life threatening” temps) you froze not us, but also our ambitions and our ability to do anything fun.
But one thing you do not know about Minnesotans – we are always PREPARED! We may crib a little in the beginning, but very quickly we will be the one who will be walking around in shorts in February as if it were beach weather, while everywhere else people will still be wrapping themselves in layers upon layers. Yep, we toughen ourselves up and let no weather condition deter us from doing what we need to do.
So here are my top 3 ideas for staying warm this winter –
1). Break a sweat – This is one time of the year when you step outside after a workout, and the weather weirdly, feels good. Keeping your inner furnace going will help you not only with staying in shape over the lazy winter days, but it will also help you stay warm.
2). Hot Tea – This is a perfect hot tea weather. I always load up my kitchen cabinets with a variety of green and herbal teas at this time of the year and enjoy sipping on them 2 to 3 times a day. And we all know the awesome benefits of green tea! So instead of drinking sugary high-in-carbs hot chocolates, try some tea.
3). Spicy food – Eating spicy food always warms me up from within. According to a SELF magazine article, http://www.self.com/blogs/flash/2010/09/5-healthy-benefits-of-eating-s.html chili peppers help with the reduction of heart disease and they also increase the production of the feel good hormone, serotonin, in our body. And being an Indian, I got that department covered in my household 😉
Hope these tips help you.
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Stay safe, stay warm, stay healthy!
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