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Embrace winter wellness

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Move that body!

Think differently about fitness during the winter and take small steps to incorporate exercise into your daily routines. For example, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or if the weather is nicer, park your car further from the entrance to your office or the grocery store. Do some mall-walking or do stretching exercises and use hand weights at home to stay fit over the winter.

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Calm your mind.

The two most common obstacles to achieving health and wellness goals are stress and lack of sleep. Lower your stress by lowering expectations you have for yourself. Consider learning relaxation techniques or meditation to help with sleep.

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Love your veggies.

Fruits and vegetables that are in season during the winter months include sweet potatoes, root vegetables, cranberries, pomegranates and citrus fruits. During the colder months, our bodies naturally crave slightly heavier and warming foods such as soup, chili or stew – throw some root vegetables into your soups.

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Make time for yourself.

Even taking a minute or two out of your daily routine to look outside at nature, focus on your breathing and be gentle with yourself has immense benefits of greater relaxation, positivity and centeredness.

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TY for exercising. Love, your brain

As a neurologist, I prescribe exercise to patients because it is the most universal medicine for anything that ails you. It helps regulate your body functions (glucose, insulin, blood pressure), and it helps your body physically move better (muscles, joints, bones). But what you may not know is, exercise can have dramatically positive impacts on your brain as well.

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