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Winter Health Tips

January 05, 2018

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Staying healthy in the winter months can be a challenge. When it's cold outside, people tend to want to stay indoors and eat comfort food. Sure, it's great to spend your free time watching Netflix and chilling out, but you need to keep your health in mind and stay active! 

Don't be a couch potato this winter!Don't be a couch potato this winter!Courtesy of ibelieve.com

Exercise

  • You may not be able to go swimming at the beach during winter time, but there are lots of things you can do to keep your body moving!
  • Winter sports are super fun - there's skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing to keep you busy! Grab your family or some friends and head up the nearest mountain!
  • Even though the weather is cold, you can still go for a nature walk or hike. The frost and snow will make your walk extra beautiful and peaceful. Just remember to bundle up!
  • If you really can't hack the temperatures outside, opt for an indoor activity, like going to a gym or a climbing wall. 

Snowboarding is a great way to stay active. Snowboarding is a great way to stay active. Courtesy of foxsports.com.au

Eat Healthy

  • In the winter, everyone's immune system suffers a bit. It's a good idea to load up on vitamin-rich foods like oranges and broccoli. You could also supplement your diet with a multi-vitamin. 
  • When it's cold out, it feels natural to eat comfort foods like macaroni and cheese, stew, and spaghetti. Make sure you sneak some veggies in there, though - you need the nutrition, and healthy choices will boost your energy and keep you interested in staying active. 
  • Stay hydrated! Sometimes we feel a little less thirsty during the winter months, but hydration is important for keeping your immune system working at its best. So don't forget to drink water! If you're feeling chilly, a little hot water with lemon is also a great choice. 

Oranges can provide you with much-needed vitamin c. Oranges can provide you with much-needed vitamin c. Courtesy of healthyfoodhouse.com

Avoid the Flu

  • Colds are not any more likely to happen during the winter, but because of how the flu virus is spread, it is more likely that you will catch the flu when it's cold out. 
  • All you have to do is follow your usual preventative steps: make sure you wash your hands, don't share drinks with your friends, and make time to get enough sleep at night. 
  • If you know you're susceptible to the flu, you might want to consider getting a flu shot. It can protect you and those around you from the flu virus. 

Getting a flu shot isn't as scary as you think!Getting a flu shot isn't as scary as you think!Courtesy of wholeparent.com

It can be tough to stay active and keep healthy during the winter, but if you put a little thought into it you'll have no problem keeping yourself going during colder weather. 

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