The winter months are upon us and for many people that means cold days, lack of motivation and a decrease in health and fitness. To stay healthier this winter, here are a few suggestions to keep your wellness up.
Many of us experience a lack of motivation to keep working out when it’s cold or snowing. Who wants to put on their boots, shovel the car out and drive to the gym in winter weather? But working out is important to keep your body and your immune system healthy. Try and build an exercise routine that avoids the weather outside. There are a variety of activities you can do indoors – walk up and down the stairs or find a work-out program online that you can do in your living room. The web offers everything from yoga to kickboxing to belly dancing. Try to get at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise in at least three times a week.
Winter is notorious for gluttonous eating, so it’s important that you try to watch what you consume over the holidays. Enjoy the festivities, but say no to extra sweets, snacks, and sugary drinks. High-sugar foods and beverages are high in calories and generally low in protein and fiber, which keep you feeling full and satisfied. Eating sugary foods also significantly raises your blood sugar levels, which impairs normal cell function and promotes inflammation.
Staying properly hydrated is essential no matter the season, but in during the winter months, sweat evaporates more rapidly in the cold, dry air, and that can result in dehydration. Without the sweat we typically see in hot, summer months, we tend to think we aren’t losing fluids as rapidly. Make sure to drink lots of water and keep a bottle nearby.
Get Some Sun
Studies show that getting your vitamin D is essential. If you can dress appropriately, try to get outside on a nice day or plan that beach vacation during the cold winter months. If it’s difficult to get some sun, give your immune system a boost by eating vitamin-rich foods like salmon, or supplementing your diet with Vitamin-D pills.
Use Your Vacation Time
Do you have vacation days to burn? Take time off from work to recuperate and get away from the everyday routines that can put you in a rut. During vacation you can get more sleep, take the time to do things for yourself and enjoy life. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health!
Protect Yourself from Illness
Flu and cold season is here! The best way to protect yourself from a nasty virus is to wash your hands regularly. Viruses spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. They can live for a while on all kinds of surrounding objects that we touch every day, like countertops and door-knobs, for extended periods. Keeping your hands clan throughout will help prevent you from catching something. You should also consider getting a flu vaccine. Another good idea is to disinfect surfaces at work. Run a disinfectant cloth over your keyboard and mouse to help prevent the spread of germs.
Make Healthy Financial Decisions
Bad money choices can lead to stress and possibly depression in the winter time. To stay on track, make sure to set a budget and follow it. Once you’ve crafted a budget that works for you, use an online financial tool or app to help monitor your spending.