5 Tips For Staying Healthy This Winter
Winter is a busy time of year in the UK.
For most people, it includes numerous Christmas parties, vacations, work events, trips away with the kids, and lots of shopping.
Unfortunately, Winter is also the time of year when many people run into issues with their health.
There are multiple reasons why your health is likely to suffer during the winter months.
The most common being the increased likelihood of catching a cold or flu.
Getting enough exercise is more difficult during Winter and it is harder to avoid unhealthy comfort foods, which often leads to weight gain and other health issues.
The risk of having an accident is also higher in Winter, due to wet roads, reduced visibility, and slippery surfaces.
Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to stay healthy over the Winter period.
This article will share the 5 best.
#1 — Take steps to avoid cold and flu
For many people, winter means “cold and flu season”.
That’s because the chances of catching a cold or flu dramatically increases during Autumn and Winter.
Viruses survive more easily when the weather is colder and people tend to spend more time inside, allowing germs to proliferate more easily.
Here are a few steps you can take to avoid the cold and flu this Winter:
If you are a senior, have a compromised immune system or work in a busy environment like a school, hotel, or office — obtain the flu vaccination from your doctor.
It will significantly reduce the risk of catching the flu.
Keep your hands clean and avoid touching your face
Colds and flu are often contracted by touching a surface contaminated with germs, then touching the nose, eyes, or mouth.
Avoid catching the cold or flu this way by practicing good hygiene and washing your hands regularly each day with warm water and soap.
Boost your immune system
Get plenty of exercise, eat well, and get lots of sleep to ensure your immune system is working well.
Avoid sick people
If you notice someone coughing or sneezing, avoid contact with them as much as possible.
#2 — Exercise indoors
Don’t use the bad weather as an excuse to not exercise over Winter.
There are plenty of options for indoor exercise including:
- Go to the local gym
- Buy an indoor rowing machine, treadmill, or bike trainer
- Take up Yoga, Pilates or another form of exercise that you can perform at home
- Play an indoor sport like bowling, indoor soccer, or volleyball.
- Take up dancing over the Winter months
- Go for a swim at a heated indoor pool
By obtaining plenty of exercise during the Winter months, you will bolster your immune system, avoid excess weight gain, and take care of your cardiovascular health.
#3 — Eat healthy comfort foods
It can be difficult to remain committed to eating a healthy diet over the Winter months.
Salads aren’t a particularly enjoyable option when it is a cold day!
Most people find themselves attracted to comfort foods like meat pies, full English breakfasts, and curries.
However, it is possible to enjoy comfort foods that are still healthy.
Make lots of homemade casseroles and stews that are packed with vegetables and legumes.
Incorporate lots of broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, peas, beans, pumpkin, chick peas, lentils, kidney beans and other healthy ingredients.
Used reduced salt vegetable stock when possible to make your casserole or stew even healthier.
#4 — Perform a safety audit around your home
Staying healthy in Winter isn’t just about exercising and eating well.
You should take additional steps to ensure your physical safety during the winter months.
Winter is a dangerous time of year because incidences of slips and falls, car crashes, and other accidental injuries increase.
Some quick tips for improving your safety include:
Have your vehicle inspected
Many car accidents occur in Winter in the UK due to the wet weather and poor light conditions.
Reduce the risk of an accident occurring by having your car inspected every winter.
Pay close attention to the condition of your vehicle’s tires, brakes, lights, and heating system.
Inspect your home’s heating system
If you have a wood or gas fireplace, check it’s condition.
If you have a wood fire, make sure it is fully extinguished before you go to bed and extinguish all candles.
If you use electric heaters, ensure they are located away from any flammable items.
Clean your steps and driveway
Use a pressure sprayer to remove any moss, grime, and debris on your steps and driveway so they are less slippery when wet.
Consider salting your driveway and steps if ice is an issue.
Install more handrails if necessary
Think about adding more handrails in and around your home.
This will reduce the risk of a fall in Winter when surfaces are wet and icy or there is low visibility.
Check your fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
During winter, your windows are more likely to be shut and you are more likely to be using heating appliances.
This increases the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.
To protect yourself and the other occupants of the building, check the fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home and consider adding more.
#5 — Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables
There are many reasons to switch to seasonal fruits and vegetables over the winter months.
The main one being that you will be eating fresh produce that is loaded with the antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that you need to remain healthy.
Seasonal produce will also be cheaper during winter and easier to obtain from your local store.
To top it all off, eating seasonal produce will support your local farmers.
In the UK, some of the best seasonal foods to enjoy include mandarins, oranges, lemons, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, carrots, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, squash, pumpkin, potatoes, beets, turnips, parsnips, sweet potatoes, pomegranates, and fennel.
You can make many delicious soups, casseroles, pies, and sweets from these delicious ingredients to obtain all of the nutrients you need to stay healthy this winter.
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