It may not be quite winter yet, but it is right around the corner! California can get pretty chilly in the winter, but that shouldn’t stop you from staying active and following a healthy diet. Although you might not want to go for a swim outside, you can still do plenty of other things to keep up with the active lifestyle you typically stick to in the spring and summer. Here are our favorite tips for beating the winter blues.

Don’t give in to hibernation!
It’s easy to do, and sometimes we do it without even noticing. If you find yourself binge watching a new show on Netflix for hours on end, do yourself a favor and take a short walk outside for some fresh air, or turn it off altogether and read a book at a local café.

Stay active.

If you usually go to a nearby park for boot camp or Pilates class, but you often have a hard time bringing yourself there on cooler mornings, buy yourself a new workout DVD or download an app on your phone that you can do at home. You can also join a gym or go to the one you haven’t stepped foot in since the beginning of summer, and get back into a normal workout routine again. You only need 30 minutes!

Eat something healthy with your side of comfort food.

The cooler weather makes us crave warm soups, hearty meals, and comfort food we can fill up on. That’s all well and good; however, it helps to pair these foods with something healthy. You can have your cake and eat it too. If you tried out a new chicken and dumplings recipe in your crock pot, pair this scrumptious meal with a side salad or a vegetable such as carrots, corn, or green beans. Don’t forget portion control!

Drink water.

Although warm temperatures and the hot sun aren’t here to make you parched, it’s still important to drink anywhere from 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. Even if that means you guzzle one more glass of water at work each day or substitute your nightly glass of wine with a bottle of water instead, it’s good to do it.

These tips will not only help you stay healthy and active during the cooler months, but keeping up this kind of healthy lifestyle all year round can help reduce your chances of developing vein problems. Call California Vein & Vascular Center with any questions you may have for us.

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