Taking Care of Yourself in the Winter: Tips on Staying Healthy

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Fall is upon us and as the weather turns colder and the seasons change it is more important than ever to be diligent in your healthy living habits. Getting sick is never any fun and many of us have responsibilities that just can’t wait. Here are some super easy tips on how to stay healthy as the weather gets colder.

Healthy Eating Habits

Eat healthy every day and don’t skimp on the fresh fruits and veggies. Sometimes it can be hard to find certain kinds of fruits or vegetables but with Wal-Mart and the super grocery store most produce is available year round. Make sure to add some kind of veggie or fruit to every meal and don’t forget how great a snack a few carrots or an apple makes. Making sure to get enough fruit and vegetables will help you get the right amounts of vitamins and nutrients. If you feel your diet is lacking try taking a multivitamin to make sure you keep your immune system as strong as possible.

Get Your Fluids and Your Rest

Make sure to drink plenty of water especially if you spend a lot of time indoors with a heater or in places where it can get very dry outside. Drink eight 8oz glasses of water at least and don’t be afraid to drink a little more. Drinking enough water will also help you stay feeling full so you won’t be so tempted to snack on all the holiday treats lying around.

It’s also very important for you to get enough rest. With kids, school, or work you have enough going on without the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Try to make sure you get enough rest and relaxation and make sure that you are warm in bed. Use blankets and pajamas to keep yourself warm and healthy.

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Keep Exercising

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors. Find a gym nearby and go to it. Many apartment and condo complexes have a gym that many of the residents never take advantage of. Recreation centers usually offer cheap entry fees and most private gyms hold specials during the winter months to attract more members. If you’d rather stay at home invest in a fitness tape or an exercise ball. Whatever you do don’t stop moving. It will be detrimental to your health and your fitness goals. Staying in shape during the winter can make it easier to get in shape for the next bikini season.

Avoid Germs

Make sure to wash your hands often and avoid all contact with your face, especially your nose. Most people get sick through contact with cold/flu germs and not through airborne viruses. If you can’t wash your hands make sure you aren’t touching your face. Your nasal tissue is extremely sensitive to germs and keeping them away will increase your chances of staying healthy. Try to carry antibacterial gel for those times soap and water aren’t available but don’t overdo it. Use soap and water whenever you can.

Cover your body and your sneezes

It’s so important to keep your chest and ears covered during the cold winter months. Use hats and scarves to add some extra warmth and keep you from getting sick. Carry gloves, hats, and scarves in your car or leave them at work for emergencies. Also make sure to cover your sneezes and coughs with tissues and dispose of them properly. A pile of dirty tissues on your desk is just spreading the virus to your work surface.

Staying healthy in the winter is easy and just takes a little bit of prevention to be successful. If you do get sick be sure to stay home and rest until you are well to keep from spreading the virus any farther.

Sources:

CDC Seasonal Influenza, https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm