The Seasonal Approach to Health & Wellness

Sarah Health, Lifestyle

This perhaps applies more to fitness and exercise than health and wellness, but then again fitness and exercise is part of health and wellness, so it’s every bit as significant. Of course I’m talking about the popular saying which is becoming somewhat of a cliché, that of how summer bodies are made in winter. That’s probably an approach to health and fitness which is focussed more on appearance than the physical benefits thereof, but then again usually how you look is a representation of how you feel. When you look good, you feel good, and vice versa, generally.

This swiftly brings into focus the depth contained in what is seemingly a shallow cliché. There’s a lot more to “summer bodies are made in winter” than a catchy motivational phrase to remind you to honour your gym membership during the colder winter months, when motivation to do anything including eating right and exercising can run very short. What it suggests is that your approach to health and wellness should be more of a seasonal one, which means that you work with the dynamic nature of your environment to enhance any investment you make into your health and wellness.

Mother Nature’s bare guidelines

There’s a reason why it’s particularly hard to get out of bed on a cold winter’s morning, perhaps to go to school, to work, or even just to go and put in a session at the gym. There’s also a reason why certain plants grow in a certain region (climate, soil quality, etc). The reason for all of these is that it’s basically just Mother Nature offering basic guidelines as to when the right time to do certain things is.

However, while there’s no getting around getting up on a cold winter’s morning to honour whatever life commitments you have, when it comes to your health and wellness exploits, these natural cues set forth by natural environmental factors should guide you.

Eat in-season

Just like how animals such as bears fatten themselves up before the hibernation months come, you should eat food that is representative of the season you’re just about to enter into. If you incorporate herbs into your diet then they should be in-season and not used continuously throughout the year, unless the plant itself from which they’re extracted flowers perennially, like with the plant that produces the Ashwagandha herb (for stress and frustration support). Its perennial availability suggests that it can form a much more permanent part of your prolonged diet or supplementation regime, only because it’s a natural herb supplement.

Consolidate in winter, clean in spring, enjoy in summer

When it comes to health, fitness and wellness regimes such as exercising, eating foods which contain certain nutritional value and detoxing, generally the best approach is one which has you consolidating in winter (like building muscle mass and eating more proteins), cleaning in spring (detoxing), and enjoying the effects of your efforts in summer, such as hitting the beach and showing off your beach-body as part of a game of beach volleyball, etc.