Implementing a specific movement routine into the winter days may look and feel different than those summer runs and refreshing swims. Luckily, there is an abundance of beauty in nature and simplicity in appreciation. Our wellbeing and the heart-centered connection we have with the elements is important to honor no matter the season.
As Fall closes its autumnal doors and Winter ascends upon us, our mood, priorities, and energy shifts. Just like the rhythmic flow of the seasons, our physical and emotional bodies also have seasons that wax and wane.
During the hot summer months we tend to want to soak up the free vitamin D, enjoying the outdoors and longer days, and generally seem to have more energy. While in the Fall and Winter we usually slow down, crave hot beverages and warm snuggly blankets. While our bodies and souls need more downtime and warmth, we also continue to need nourishment on all levels- mind, body, and spirit.
Catering our individualized programs that suit us best is the key to maximizing our days and our overall health. So, what do I mean by that? Well, as unique and amazing women, we all require different doses of diet, exercise, mindset, and lifestyle choices to bring us to homeostasis.
Whether you live down south where the Winters are mild or up north with harsher Winters, we can all incorporate movement into our daily practice. Here's a 3-pronged strategy to make sure you're moving in winter-appropriate, natural ways:
stretch & breathe DAILY
Waking up and starting your day with a gentle meditative practice- laying in bed and breathing purposefully. Inhaling for 4 counts, holding for 4 counts, and then exhaling for 4 counts. All while repeating your intention for the day.
incorporate movement FREQUENTLY
Gentle yoga moves before heading into the shower can include, Childs pose, downward dog, cat/cow and maybe some jumping jacks to get your heart rate up.
add in a BONUS movement when you can
Deciding to take a nature walk with your family on the weekends, or parking a little further from the store to increase your walking. Perhaps you are already doing some of these and would also like to ditch the elevator and take the stairs when possible.
As you move your body in these ways, your perspective will shift. Movement does not need to be signing up for a 90 minute spin class before your New Years Eve Party, but instead could be noticing what you already do (sweeping, vacuuming, grocery shopping and folding laundry) as well as consciously adding in elements of movement that help to bring inner peace.
Finding peace in our perspectives, in turn, influences our overall health. We are whole beings--mind, body and spirit. When each of these is fed, we return to peace. Find wonder in your everyday and move in ways that make you feel whole.
Blog contributed by Natalie Sager, one of our Series 5 Perspectives Panelists.
Natalie Sager is the Modern Hippie Mama with HeWeLoHa Wellness. HeWeLoHa is a groovy acronym for Health, Wealth, Love and Happiness. Her mission is to educate, inspire and empower Mama's to take control of their health, which then has a ripple effect on their family, friends, community, and beyond. This is Natalie's second blog post for The Perpetual You.
Blog images courtesy of Willy Wilson of Life Unstill Photography.
Willy is an award-winning portrait photographer specializing in documentary commercial and family photography. Her work appears in the upcoming book Photographing Motherhood and she is the founder of the 100 Days of Ten Project. Willy exercises her creativity daily with a continuum of art photography projects, which she often integrates into client work.