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Primrose’s January Vibes

The start of the year and the start of a great many good intentions for so many of us but lets not make it all so hard that we crack in the first 48 hours!

I find getting back into the groove as hard as anyone else so I thought I would share a few of the things I do and the products I use to get the year off to a great start.

Walking

Exercise takes many forms but for me during the winter months he least offensive of them all is walking.

I love walking outdoors across Dorset fields and up a good hill with Isla the whippet.

I have a circuit I do each morning, which gets the heart pumping enough to make me sweat whilst taking in the views. 

Walking has been shown to increase cardiovascular fitness and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke whilst managing diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Simple yet effective stuff.

I encourage you to find a 30 minute walk you like with a decent bit of incline on part of it and make it part of your daily ritual.

Sauna

My favourite kind of exercise! You don’t have to move, its social and you feel amazing afterwards.

The Swedes swear by it and so do I.

The quickest way to detoxify your body and get the blood moving round your system is by a sauna.  It increases metabolism and has been shown to reduce pain, reduce stress and improve immune function.

I mix in 3 cold showers during my 15 minute sauna sessions down on the Dorset coast which is amazing for the circulation.

Make sure you bring a 2 litre bottle of water with you for afterwards to flush out your system and rehydrate.

Find your nearest health club and add a weekly sauna to your routine and really feel the difference in your energy levels and notice the glow of your skin.

Birch syrup

Detoxing and inoffensive, replace your ribena or fruit juice for something a bit more cleansing such as birch syrup. It is loaded with a number of amino acids, enzymes and antioxidants and its easy to add to a glass of water.

It will help with hydration and act as a diuretic flushing out acids in the body.

As a knock on effect it supports immune function.

Grab a bottle and add a dash to your January routine.

Nettle Tea

If you look carefully in the hedgerows and backsides you will see the first shoots of spring represented in the nettle tops. It feels earlier than ever!

They support all the organs of elimination in the body – liver, kidney and skin and help remove uric acid build up which can cause arthritis. They are also a great support for those suffering from allergies or anaemia due to their iron content.

A great way to stay hydrated and detoxify.

Make a pot of nettle tea every morning on waking as part of your daily ritual.

I leave you with a quote:

“Only you have the power to effect change in your life”

Wishing you a happy and vital New Year x

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