The winter season is eventful and exciting. With so many events such as family dinners, holiday parties, and the preparation and planning for gift giving, we have so many distractions to keep us away from concentrating on our health and taking care of ourselves as we would usually. Winter is coming, are you ready for cold and flu season? When temperatures drop, and windows and doors stay closed, viruses can boom indoors; if your immune system isn’t up to the task, you’re likely to catch the latest infection to hit town. That means less energy, the possibility of health complications, and just plain old feeling unpleasant.
With smaller days and colder weather, finding the motivation to stay healthy and fit can be difficult. Here are some healthy winter habits that will help you to stay fit in winter.
You may find it hard to avoid the temptation of munching those deep-fried crisps in the wintertime. However, to stay protected towards several winter illnesses, eat a high protein diet. Instead of eating your comfort foods choose a long list of nourishing stews and soups, made from winter vegetable. Hot food and soups are lovely winter pleasures. Include fruits, vegetables, and nuts in your diet. Get your everyday dose of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Moreover, add more of good fats in the daily diet during winter. The good fats help in the body’s re-forming properties and help deal with the higher metabolism during extremely cold climate, thus preventing illnesses.
Water is very important for your body. You may not feel as thirsty in cold weather, but it is important to drink enough water to prevent feelings of thirst and dehydration. Letting your body to become dehydrated can leave you more susceptible to getting ill. Water not only benefits your skin, but it will also prevent weakness due to dehydration that often gets written off as winter tiredness. Moreover, water helps the body carry nutrients to cells and get rid of toxins. Staying well hydrated will give you more energy, mental clarity and improved digestive function.
Wash your hands frequently
Regular handwashing throughout the day is must in maintaining your health during the winter. Prevent viruses and bacteria by frequently washing your hands and teach your children to do the same. It keeps the bacteria and viruses off your hands and out of your mouth and eyes. Wash for at least 30 seconds before eating and after you go to the toilet. It is recommended to keep a bottle of hand sanitizer close-by for those instances where you can’t get soap and water. Moreover, wash under your fingernails too. That’s where germs wait.
Exercise regularly (read more about benefits of exercise)
Just because it’s cold, it does not mean that you avoid exercise. It is significant to exercise regularly, at least 15 minutes a day! Working out will assist to warm your body and fight the cold by keeping your body’s immunity and recovery levels high. Get out and take a small walk and enjoy the cooler weather. Moreover, if you have no wish to go outdoors for your workout, then no worries, shift to indoor activities. You can do yoga, stretching, dance, and aerobics; all can be done through a DVD in your living room.
Winter is often responsible for the development of mental health disorders such as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD, which is also known as winter blues. The dark and dull atmosphere in the winter takes its charge on out mental wellbeing. However, beating the blue is not anything difficult to achieve. Going for a walk outdoors whenever weather permits will severely improve your stress levels, even if it’s just once around the block. You may also want to develop the routine of deep breathing whenever you feel anxiety increasing. Meditation and mindfulness are great practices for managing stress as well. Moreover, studies have related high-stress levels to make a person more vulnerable to catching colds and flu.
Get enough sleep
When the days get smaller, your body will naturally want to sleep longer and will adjust its time to the hours of daylight. The average person requires 6-8 hours of sleep each night. If you’re not getting sufficient sleep, your body is extremely susceptible to diseases. Avoid smoking, alcohol consumption and anything that can affect your good night’s sleep. Moreover, as the days get shorter, change your sleep habit toward going to bed earlier and to allow your body more hours to rest and repair. If you experience sleeping troubles, then try some relaxation methods. At least listen to a relaxation audio clip before you go to bed.
These tips are easy to apply in your everyday life to boost your body’s immune system so that you can stay healthy and well during the winter season.
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