The long winter, big meals, and cabin fever is not only driving you crazy this year, it is also not good for your health. Eating fatty meals and getting less exercise can be a detrimental to your body, as you then have to make the inevitable New Year’s resolution to get back into better shape. When winter arrives every year, you can do these 5 things to keep your body and your energy level up no matter how much snow falls from the sky.
Eat in Moderation
A healthy diet usually flies out the window as we indulge in more unhealthy meals and junk food during the winter. Eat these heavy meals and snacks in moderation, and stick with a healthy diet filled with fruits, vegetables, proteins and fibers to keep the energy at its highest level and to fight off the extra pounds.
Get Your Body Moving
Getting in some exercise can be a harder task in the winter due to the frigid temperatures and hazardous weather conditions. If you have to stay indoors, switch to an indoor exercise routine or head off to the gym. Even if you can only do a few pushups, squats or jogging from room to room, you can get your body mobile and in shape while increasing blood circulation.
Wash Your Hands Frequently
Germs, bacteria and other nasty bugs are everywhere as you are bringing them home from work and the kids are bringing them in from school. Wash your hands frequently during the winter (and basically all the time) to cut down on the spread of these germs. If you don’t have the opportunity to wash your hands while you are running chores, carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with you to get your fingers germ free.
Moisturize Your Body
Dry skin isn’t something to be ignored during the winter. As skin dries out, it can become irritated, cracked and blistered. In addition, cracked skin can invite fungi to enter, especially on feet, that can lead to and infection and other health concerns. Make sure to use the lotion and lather up after taking a shower to lock in the moisture against your skin.
Get Enough Sleep
During the winter holidays, your stress levels can go through the roof. You are doing more activities while not getting enough sleep to let your body relax and recharge. This issue can make you more susceptible to illness as you find that your immune system has slowed down and weakened. Also, you brain needs a chance to relax and unwind. Turn in early and try to get at least 6 hours up to 8 hours of sleep.
A healthy diet, exercise, rest and other factors can help you stay healthy during the winter. Use these tips so that you can feel better mentally and physically.