This winter may be warmer than usual in most parts of the country, but we’ve nonetheless had our share of dreary days and February restlessness.
And let’s not kid ourselves … when it’s blustery outside, our first instinct isn’t exactly, “Ooh! I can’t wait to jump on the treadmill!”
All the same, that’s what makes this the perfect season to refocus on our health and wellness. While right now it's easy to hole up at home with calorie-rich comfort food, we’ll be kicking ourselves in a couple of months when swimsuit season arrives.
Not to mention, taking care of ourselves can actually be a tool to beat the late-winter blues.
Studies have shown that exercise can reduce anxiety and make us feel better mentally, and eating well may help improve our mood. In particular, this association may exist for foods with omega-3s, magnesium, tryptophan and other B vitamins. (We talk more about the power of "superfoods" here.)
Is Health 'Stuff' Your Spending Trigger?
Have you been known to spend more on health-related goodies? What other spending triggers do you have?
So, we dedicate today’s installment of our 10 Things to Do With 10 Bucks series to your general health and wellness.
The idea behind the series is that, as the month nears its end, you may find a spare $10 in your budget. Although we don’t support your buying lots of random junk, we do believe that occasional splurges are important, especially if you spend it on something that will make you happy.
This month, check out our favorite under-$10 options to maintain your zen—and your figure—straight through ‘til spring.
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