The winter months make most people feel more tired than they’re used to feeling. The cold winter season tends to make the days seem shorter, making people feel lethargic. With the arrival of spring, most people notice that their energy becomes to change as it begins to be restored. And once Spring hits, many of us regret the lack of activity we did during the colder amounts the copious amount of comfort food we indulged in and how it has impacted our physical body.

Sound familiar? Weight gain in the colder months is incredibly common. Fortunately, there are several ways to give the body a good reset for spring.

Salt Water Flush

A salt water flush is an excellent way to give the body a good startup if you notice that your body is not functioning at its optimal potential. This could be because the body isn’t ridding of waste properly. The Saltwater flush ensures that the colon is flushed of any toxins that the body is holding onto by causing bowel movements. This flush will improve digestion and alleviate any bloating one may have.

The key to doing this flush is to drink this mixture on an empty stomach.

Ingredients: 

2 tsp. Pink Himalayan salt
32 oz. Water
1 tsp. Lemon juice

Dissolve two teaspoons of Pink Himalayan sea salt (or any non-iodized sea salt) in one quart (four cups) of warm water. Add lemon juice to improve the taste, if desired. Drink the mixture as quickly as possible on an empty stomach.

A saltwater flush is typically done first thing in the morning while your stomach is empty, but it can also be performed in the evening, a few hours after your last meal. Don’t plan on running errands for a few hours after drinking the salt water. You’re likely to have multiple, urgent bowel movements, so don’t go too far from a toilet.

Juice Fasting

Juicing fruits and vegetables can help give you any minerals and nutrients you might have missed out on in winter. Juicing your fruits and vegetables allows for those nutrients to distribute throughout your body much faster. Another benefit of juicing is that it gives your digestive system a little break. Juice fasting isn’t necessarily meant for long term use as it entails a lack of fiber to the body, but it’s great to use for a few days at a time for starters. Below is a juice recipe that is sure to boost energy levels.

Ingredients:
• 1 ripe pineapple, chopped
• 3 sprigs of mint
• 2 apples diced
• ½ inch piece of ginger

Chop pineapple. Remove mint leaves from the stems. Juice all ingredients.

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training and involves alternating between intervals of high cardio and low-intermediate exercise. The idea is that HIIT makes sure the body burns more calories and fat even after the workout as your metabolism is gradually accelerating. There are so many innovative ways to incorporate some HIIT into your workout routine. For example, if you regularly go for hikes, try to structure in some HIIT by sprinting a portion of the hike and then walking another portion. A more specific HIIT routine would be as follows:

Instructions:
1) Sprint as fast as you can for 30 seconds.
2) Walk slowly for 30 seconds.
3) Repeat for 30 minutes to complete routine.

Check out a few more HIIT exercises that you can incorporate into your workout routine here.

The transition from winter to spring can be difficult for many people to make, but it doesn’t have to be. Sometimes it’s hard for us to get out of our sluggish routine or homebody behavior, but as the weather warms up, it’s the perfect time to increase your activity.  And there are several ways to optimize physical health and reset the body for the new spring season; hopefully, the three I’ve given you above give you a headstart.

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