Many people look forward to the winter months. It is often a time to make memories with loved ones, enjoy the holidays and take time off of work. Unfortunately, many end up letting their health slip a little during the winter months.
To keep on top of your health this year during winter, below are some smart decisions to take into consideration that will benefit your overall health and wellness.
1. Regularly Wash Your Hands
This may seem like a no-brainer. Unfortunately, many people do not follow this tip enough. Washing your hands with soap and water regularly, especially before you eat or touch your face, can be the best way to avoid potentially getting sick. Good hand-washing practices are a necessity for stopping the spread of common communicable diseases.
2. Get Enough Exercise
When it is cold and dreary, nothing sounds less exciting than getting out to exercise. Thankfully, you don’t have to endure the harsh weather to get in a good workout. Staying active and getting a good sweat during the winter can be as simple as looking to find an affordable gym nearby.
Instead of snuggling on the couch watching movies during the cold months, get to your local gym and get a good workout in. Working out regularly will keep your body in good shape to fight off winter colds, reduce stress levels and feel better.
3. Get Your Flu Shot
If you have ever caught the flu, you know how miserable it can make you. Getting your annual flu shot is your best defense against getting a serious strain of the flu going around. The shot will not protect you against common viruses or bacterial infections often spread during the winter.
It may not even safeguard you from the flu. However, a flu shot greatly reduces your chances of coming down with influenza and helps to keep your family safe by keeping you from becoming a carrier. Your doctor can offer you your annual flu shot, and most insurances will cover the cost.
4. Get Plenty of Sleep
During the winter, it is especially important to get the amount of rest your body needs. It is the time when your body works to restore and rebuild itself to keep your muscles and immune system strong. Well-rested people can fight off common infections easier than those who do not get enough sleep. Make your sleep a priority and your health will thank you.
5. Eat Healthy Foods
During the winter and holiday months, there are countless more temptations of holiday meals and snacks. While it is okay to enjoy some of the delicious holiday treats once in a while, it is best to avoid giving in to your urges all of the time.
When it is cold, dark and gloomy outside, it is hard not to be tempted to indulge in comfort foods. Find ways to incorporate tasty treats while still eating a well-balanced diet. Winter vegetables such as parsnips, carrots, turnips, and swede can make great healthy soups for the entire family to enjoy.
6. Drink More Milk
Most people will get at least one cold during the winter months. To ensure your immune system is ready to fight the virus or infection, be sure you are drinking enough milk.
Dairy and milk products such as yogurt and cheese are great sources of calcium, protein, vitamin A and vitamin B12. When picking a favorite brand of milk, cheese or yogurt, opt for skim or low-fat options.
Even though it may be cold and gloomy outside, it doesn’t have to mean being the unhealthiest time of the year for you or your family. Find ways to stay active and eat healthy so that you can fully enjoy the season.
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