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Health & Fitness

5 Habits to Stay Healthy During Winter

Brooke Lindsay 12/04/2016

 

 

Flu season is upon us and unfortunately, it can be hard to avoid. However, by incorporating these 5 habits into your lifestyle you can stay germ-free this winter!

Diet

It’s vital to eat healthy during the winter time to boost your immune system. Foods that are high in vitamins, especially vitamin c will assist in boosting your immune system. There’s nothing better than warming up with a delicious soup during winter, so why not make them yourself? Plus you’ll know exactly what you’re putting in your body.

Soups and juices are a great way to get two serves of fruit and veg every day. Include a mix of fruits and veg in your weekly shop and pre-plan your meals. Pre-planning your meals saves time and money. Also include a range of lean meats, nuts, herbs and spices!

Exercise

It is hard to get out of your warm bed, especially during winter. However, it is vital that you keep your workout routine during winter as studies have shown that moderate exercise has a positive effect on our immune response.

While it’s important to exercise regularly, don’t overdo it. Over exercising can have the opposite effect and cause our immune system to weaken. Also be sure to drink plenty of water to flush your system.

Hygiene

While it may seem like an obvious one, it’s twice as important to stay hygienic over winter. Washing your hands regularly is a great way to prevent getting sick and spreading germs. Washing your hands regularly will limit the transfer of bacteria and germs.

If you have a cough, cough into a tissue. Coughing into your hand spreads germ to things like your phone, keyboard, mouse and other people you come into contact with.

Sleep

A lack of sleep can hugely impact your health, especially during winter. Your immune system will suffer and you will become more vulnerable to catch the flu. Stick to a morning and nighttime routine so your body knows when to wake up and when to go to sleep.

Create a cosy and welcoming environment to go to sleep in. Turn off all electronics half an hour before bed and turn the lights down. This will release melatonin in the brain, helping you to fall asleep.


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