How to Stay Healthy During the Winter

January 16, 2017

How to Stay Healthy During the Winter

Staying healthy during the winter can be tough with so much sickness going around. Preparing your body to fight against them is the best way to prevent it! Make this your healthiest winter ever by following these tips.

Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough rest is each day is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy. If you're not getting your eight hours a night (or whatever you personally need to feel rested), your immune system will decrease. This makes you vulnerable to any viruses going around. Make sure your system stays strong with enough rest so it can fight any sickness that comes your way.

Make sure your bedtime routine is conducive to a good night's sleep. Put your phone or any other electronics away, and turn the TV off after dinner. These stimulate your brain and tell them to stay up instead of relax. Take a bath or read a good book before bed to relax your mind and body, ensuring a good night's sleep.

Stay Active

Don't stay indoors just because it's cold. Head to the mountains to participate in all the winter activities! Snowboarding and skiing are great ways to get in a workout while having fun. Organize an outing with your family or group of friends for a fun day out. If you've never done either before, it's not too late to sign up for lessons and learn.

If you prefer a less intense activity, try tubing or sledding. Many ski resorts often have a hill for this purpose nearby, so you can take the little kids in your family there. They'll love feeling the snow whiz by them and enjoy warming up with a cup of hot chocolate afterwards.

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Wash Your Hands

This may seem like such a simple concept, but has never been more important in the winter. Many viruses and illnesses are going around and can be on everything, from door handles to money. Every time you're in public, it's important to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer afterwards. It's so easy to get sick from touching the handle at the store and then touching your face later.

The gym is a breeding ground for illness during the winter. Wipe down your machine before you use it, and be courteous enough to wipe it down when you're done. This will help decrease your risk of getting ill.

Use Spices in Your Meal

Many people think winter food is bland, but this is the time to spice it up! If you're making soup, you can use almost any flavor you're craving. Make a spicy curry soup with plenty of veggies and your choice of meat to stay full all day. Soup is an easy way to use up extra vegetables you have that are going bad soon so they don't go to waste.

Cinnamon is the perfect spice to use in the winter for almost anything. You can put a dash in your coffee or tea to add some flavor to it. If you're making pancakes or muffins, put some cinnamon to give it added flavor. Cinnamon has been found to lower blood sugar levels, which will decrease your cravings throughout the day.

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Decrease Your Stress Levels

Being stressed out will make your immune system plummet. While not every stress in life can be avoided, try to come up with a management plan for anything unpleasant in your life. Can you delegate certain tasks to others that are taking up too much time and that you don't enjoy?

Carve out time for yourself each day, even if it's only 10 minutes. This can be as simple as shutting your bedroom door and meditating for a little bit. You can also journal to write down anything that's stressing you out. Sometimes seeing it on paper makes us think of an action plan.

What do you do to stay healthy in the winter?




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