Almira is an anti-ageing and rejuvenation specialist with HOLISTIC LONDON. She specialises in easy and efficient ways to help her clients look and feel younger and more vital each day. For more information, visit here
To Everything There is a Season
What are you going to do about your New Year’s Resolution? You know the one: To lose weight and get fit. The one you made in the dead of winter and simply couldn’t keep.
Remember? You probably took out a gym membership and promised yourself to get a workout in first thing in the morning before you went to work.
But it wasn’t long before things began to fall apart. It was tough getting up and trudging to the gym in the cold and dark. Some mornings the warmth and comfort of bed were too much to resist. So you missed that day. Some days, you had an early morning meeting, and just couldn’t work it in. Before long, you were out of the habit…..
You had the great diet to follow, one that promised to shed that stubborn fat around your middle. You began with lots of enthusiasm. Got rid of all those ‘forbidden foods’. Stocked up on all the right ingredients. But… the local eateries just didn’t have anything suitable, and making your own and taking it with you was an even bigger task. The kids complained. Your partner got fed up. And you got bored and frustrated.
It’s all too familiar, isn’t it? The inevitable happened: you gave up.
There’s a reason why taking on a resolution like this in the middle of winter doesn’t work:
It’s the wrong time of year.
Mid winter is a time to rest, to draw in, eat warming, hearty meals, and be idle. That’s what Christmas - or the earlier pagan festival of the Yule - was all about: laying on some fat to get you through the winter.
Detoxing with a juice fast, eating light, low calorie meals, and taking lots of physical exercise stresses your body when it’s cold and dark. This is the time to conserve your energy, lie fallow like the land.
Now is the time to begin a detox. A two-day juicing fast will cleanse all the crud out of your system, and leave you feeling refreshed and alive. You’ll shed that excess fat that kept you warm over winter.
It’s the time to get out in the fresh air and get moving. A brisk walk 3 or 4 times a week will do more to improve your health than hours mindlessly trudging on a treadmill in the gym. Studies have shown that 40 minutes of walking, 4 times a week significantly reduces the risk of pretty much every disease of ‘old age’: heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and osteoporosis. And being out of doors boosts your mood too.
In our fast-paced modern world, we are out of touch with the seasons, yet by living in harmony with them, we are so much more vital and alive. So get out there in the warm spring sunshine and enjoy your body.