Have you noticed the days are getting longer?
The amount of daily sunlight changes constantly. Yet our body’s needs for nutrition, sleep and exercise adjust accordingly based on the season, climate and even altitude.
I thought about this while on a family ski trip. We were on the mountain enjoying the natural sunlight and fresh outdoor air on an otherwise cold day, while others were doing various indoor leisure activities. But most importantly we were sleeping better than ever.
Why were we sleeping so well?
Because we were tired from a productive day of skiing! Sure skiing is great exercise. But also the fresh air and absorption of natural sunlight contributed to the equation. Plus being on the mountain and getting a mental break from the daily stress in our lives brightened our mood.
Then it dawned on me; all of these things probably contributed to our increased slumber experience.
The clock from within…
Our body’s internal clock or circadian rhythm regulates our sleep, eating patterns, alertness, core body temperature, and many other involuntary activities that the body performs seamlessly.
Diet, Exercise, Sleep!
Diet exercise and sleep are all energetically connected. In fact, they are one big happy triangle.
Exercise has a positive influence on diet and eating behavior because when muscles contract during exercise, they release a chemical, reducing white noise in the brain. This helps the body determine its correct nutritional status. And we all know behavior and mental clarity enable nutrition to be at its best.
If you’d like to sleep better and engage in more positive eating habits, I highly recommend taking up an outdoor winter sport. It can be as simple as walking outside and may provide you with some seasonal resilience. Contact me for a free consult so we can take your winter exercise and healthy eating habits to the next step!
Want to Get Even Healthier?
Do you want to learn more about eating healthier foods reducing stress, balancing your gut, and enhancing your health? Let’s talk! As a Health Coach, I work with individuals and families to help them integrate healthier nutritional and lifestyle habits into their daily lives. My clients are able to sleep better, have more energy, lose weight and overall live happier lives. Let’s get started! Contact me today to schedule a complimentary 50 minute health consultation, or pass this offer on to someone you care about!
I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I learned more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. My health coaching program will help you create a completely personalized “road-map to health” that suits your unique lifestyle, preferences, and goals.
I look forward to hearing from you!