Here we are again. This is the time of year when germs are prevalent and everyone is struggling to stay warm. We often feel drained, tired and generally rundown during the winter months. If we don’t take care of our health, that is.
How do you maintain a healthy lifestyle in winter? Whether it’s healthy eating or getting enough exercise when the temperatures plummet, this roundup of winter wellness tips will help you feel and look your best during this cooler season.
How to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle this Winter
It’s important to incorporate some healthy habits into your daily routine during the winter months in order to stay fit and healthy.
Maintain a healthy diet
It may seem obvious, but maintaining a healthy diet during the winter may be the most important way to stay healthy. Be sure to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, and take advantage of what’s in season, such as root vegetables. Having a healthy diet will ensure your immune system is strong enough to prevent you from getting sick.
In addition to eating well, staying active is crucial for maintaining a healthy lifestyle during winter (or any time of year, for that matter). When it’s so cold that you can see cold air breathing from your mouth, it can be difficult to motivate yourself to get outside. You might appreciate the cool air once you start working up a sweat. If not, you can always go to the gym.
Get enough vitamin D
The lack of sunlight during the winter months makes it difficult for people to get enough vitamin D in their diet. Make the most of the winter sun’s weak rays by getting outside on clear days. Make sure you get enough vitamin D by eating fatty fish like tuna, mackerel, salmon, cheese, and egg yolks.
Wash your hands regularly
During winter, germs spread easily, so it is essential to maintain personal hygiene by washing your hands regularly. Can’t get to a sink? You should always carry hand sanitiser with you, especially when using public transportation or when in a busy environment such as a mall.
Get the flu jab
Even when you wash your hands religiously, eat lots of fruits and veggies, and get plenty of vitamin D, it’s still hard to avoid the flu. The flu vaccine is a good way to protect yourself from the nasty influenza virus, especially if you’re cooped up in an office or on a bus.
As the temperatures drop through the winter months, it’s important to wear comfortable and warm clothing. The thermo-regulating properties of bamboo make it a great material for layering. For effortless layering this winter, our Women’s Long Sleeve Round Neck T-Shirt and Men’s Long Sleeve Crew Neck T-Shirt are perfect for wearing over a plain tee and underneath a jacket.
Drink hot tea
It is true that tea is a miracle beverage! If you opt for a caffeinated tea, a hot brew will not only keep you warm during winter, but will also provide you with energy without the jitters that coffee may cause. Additionally, drinking tea throughout the cooler months is a good way to keep your water intake up, as many of us forget to drink enough water when it’s cold.
Protect your skin
The winter can be tough on our skin, causing it to become dry and chapped. Apply lip balm to protect your lips from the cold and keep them moisturized. It is common for our hands to become swollen and cracked when the temperatures drop. Always carry hand lotion. Keep your skin hydrated throughout the winter, as mentioned previously.
Get enough sleep
Even though it’s important to sleep enough all year round, getting enough sleep in winter is usually a bit easier. Winter is the season when we can snuggle up in bed and hopefully get a better night’s sleep without summer’s soaring temperatures. Unfortunately, many people are getting too much sleep! When the sun sets early and rises late, our body clock will tell us to stay in bed all day – if only!
How can i stay healthy in winter?
Maintaining our health during the winter requires a healthy diet, but what should we eat? Here are our suggestions:
You should start your day with a breakfast that is slow-releasing energy, such as porridge. Not only will it keep you feeling full until lunch, but there is nothing like the taste of warm oats on a cold winter morning. Top with nuts, seeds, and seasonal fruit for extra nourishment.
Fruit and veggies
Vitamin C is crucial for fighting off nasty colds and the flu during the winter months. Consume plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, such as citrus fruits, kiwifruit, broccoli, red capsicums, and sweet potatoes.
Vitamin B12 is found in fish such as salmon, sardines, and tuna, which helps to maintain healthy immune function and reduce fatigue and tiredness. Are you vegan? Milk and dairy products contain vitamin B12. No? Vitamin B12 can be obtained through supplements or fortified foods.
How do you stay active in the winter?
A strict fitness regimen is just as important as eating enough healthy foods during the winter. These tips will help you stay motivated to be active in the winter.
Head to the gym
There’s really no excuse not to work out when you have an indoor gym at your disposal. In addition to making you feel good, working out at a gym can help you combat health problems such as high blood pressure and heart disease, as well as maintain a healthy weight.
Layer up and jog
Rugging up in the morning and going for a run is another way to stay healthy during the winter. Jogging is a great way to get your heart rate up, which in turn will heat you up – goodbye, winter chill! Also, it’s a great way to get outside when it’s cold.
Take the stairs
As a final suggestion, take the stairs whenever you can during the winter. No matter where you are, whether it is at home, your apartment building or work, you probably come into contact with stairs at least once during your day. Weight loss and increased heart rate are two benefits of stair climbing.