How to Stay Healthy in the Winter Months
Winter is usually a time of coughs, colds, and flu. Staying as fit as possible is vital, particularly for those with pre-existing conditions. Here’s how you can stay as healthy as possible this winter and avoid running into trouble.
Eat a Nutritious Diet
Your body needs vitamins and minerals to build your immune system. Make sure you eat a diet rich in fresh vegetables and fruit to boost your health. Avoiding sugar and hyper processed foods will help avoid weight gain and ensure you look after your body. Winter is a good time to batch cook healthy meals and soups that can be frozen and then used on a day you don’t feel like cooking.
If you smoke currently, you should try to stop. Smoking will place you at a higher risk of coronary heart disease, cancer and chest infections. It also means you are frequently putting your hand to your mouth, which can transmit infections to your body such as Covid-19 or norovirus. Stopping smoking is a win-win situation – and will also save you money.
Fresh air and exercise will help maintain your balance and fitness levels. Deep breathing exercises help you relax but also help keep your lungs clear. Try walking or cycling to make the most of the outdoors. Pilates and yoga are also great ways of exercising and can be done indoors when the weather is not so good.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Sleep is vital for the repair of cells in the body, and helps boost the immune system. Make sure you get sufficient rest and relaxation with eight hours sleep a night. Ensure your bedroom is dust-free and aired, and avoid blue light from electronics as it disturbs sleep patterns.
Get a Flu Jab
Immunization against flu can help prevent a nasty influenza infection. You can get a flu vaccination from your doctor if eligible, or from a pharmacist. If you have a long term condition or are over 60 it is even more important to get vaccinated, because you are likely to be more susceptible to a severe flu infection.
Wash Your Hands
In winter there are lots of bugs flying around, from norovirus to the common cold. It is vital to wash your hands with soap frequently and use hand sanitizer. By doing this you will help prevent the spread of infection. Wash your hands before eating and after using the bathroom. You should also wash hands after being in a public place, after shopping, and using transport.
By adopting a few healthy habits you will help yourself stay healthy. From handwashing to eating healthily there are several simple things that make a difference. Start planning your healthy living plans for winter today.