It’s winter and the days are shorter. The cold weather is trying to keep you inside and it’s hard to find the motivation to stay active. But staying healthy in the winter is not impossible, it just requires a little more effort than in the warmer months.
We have compiled a list of tips that will help you stay healthy this winter season.
Get a Flu Shot »
The influenza virus, the flu, has been around for centuries. It’s a common respiratory illness that can be treated with antiviral drugs and is usually mild. But the virus can also cause serious illness and death, especially among children, older adults, pregnant women and people with certain chronic health conditions.
The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. Getting vaccinated every year helps protect you from getting sick with the flu this season.
Wash your hands often »
In the winter, the risk of getting sick is higher. That’s why it’s important to wash your hands often, especially after touching things like door handles and escalators. You should also avoid going out when you’re feeling unwell or if you have been in close contact with someone who is sick.
Get some Vitamin D »
When the weather gets colder, our bodies produce less vitamin D because we’re not getting as much sun exposure. This can lead to health problems like depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
You can beat the winter blues by taking steps to get more sunlight in the winter such as, going outside for short periods of time every day, spending time in front of a lightbox or lamps with UVB light, or taking vitamin D supplements.
Enjoy winter seasonal vegetables and fruit »
Eating seasonal vegetables and fruit is a great way to keep your immune system strong during the winter. Broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower are great winter vegetables and are rich in vitamin C to help your immune system stay strong
Get Active Indoors »
Staying active indoors is another great way to fight colds and illnesses. It has been proven that people who exercise regularly are less likely to get sick in comparison to those who do not.
In the winter, it can be difficult to stay active outdoors due to the cold, so try embracing some indoor activities such as yoga, pilates, bowling, dancing, or any activity that gets you on your feet.
Maintain Good Skin Health »
People often neglect their skincare routine in the winter but this is one of the most important times to keep your skin moisturized. Due to lower humidity and forced air or heat, dry skin is extremely common in the winter. Some skincare tips you can practice in the winter (or year-round) include, drinking more water, using a humidifier, and applying skin care products with hyaluronic acid or glycerin.