5 Tips for a Healthy Winter

5 healthy tips for winter

Winter is bad for your health, plain and simple. During winter, people eat more, exercise less, and are more susceptible to diseases like the flu. That’s why it’s more important to think about your health in the winter than in any other time of the year. Here are five healthy tips for the winter season: 

Drink Lots of Water 

Everyone knows that you need lots of water when the temperature is high. When the temperature gets lower, though, a lot of people stop thinking about how much water they need to drink. But that’s no excuse; just because it’s cold doesn’t mean that you’re off the hook! 

Your body naturally loses water all day, every day, so you need to stay hydrated (even in winter). A tall, cold glass of water might not sound very appealing in the middle of a snowstorm. Luckily, there are plenty of other ways that you can stay hydrated when it’s cold out: 

  • Hot drinks like tea, coffee, and even hot chocolate can help you warm up and stay hydrated 
  • Eat oatmeal for breakfast. Oats absorb water when they cook, so they’re great for hydration 
  • Soups – broth-based soups are mostly water, but you won’t be able to tell from the flavor 
  • Eat more veggies and salads – like soups, green vegetables are mostly water. They’re great for you in other ways, too! 
  • Limit your alcohol intake. Alcohol inhibits the protein that helps you reabsorb water, causing dehydration. 

Wash Your Hands/Sanitize 

The Covid-19 pandemic is still ongoing. Not only that, the cold weather is bringing flu season with it. It’s important to wash your hands regularly now more than ever.  

You should wash your hands whenever you: 

  • Use the restroom 
  • Sneeze, cough, or blow your nose 
  • Touch a door handle, shopping cart, etc. in a public place 
  • Prepare food 

It’s better to use soap and water to wash your hands whenever you can. If there isn’t any around, though, hand sanitizer still does a fine job. Only use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% ethanol or isopropanol. They are the only two alcohols that the FDA permits to be the base for hand sanitizer. 

Exercise Regularly 

Regular exercise is as important in the winter as it is any other time of the year. Exercise helps your weight, your mood, your sleep schedule, and so much more! Unfortunately, a lot of people stop getting out to exercise when the weather gets colder. Don’t be one of them! Keep exercising regularly through the entire winter. Here are some tips to help you stay on track: 

  • Exercise with a partner or a group – accountability is key 
  • Exercise during a lunch break instead of in the morning or at night when the sun isn’t out 
  • Wear layers that are easy to take off/put on so you can regulate your body temperature 
  • Focus on the mental health benefits to get over any motivational slumps 

Warming up and cooling down is important any time you exercise, but especially in cold weather. Give yourself proper time to stretch before and after working out in the winter. You don’t want to hurt yourself by mistake! 

Sleep Well and Reduce Stress 

Experts say that most people need 7-9 hours of sleep per night. If you aren’t getting that, then it’s likely having an impact on your physical and mental health. A lack of sleep can make you less attentive, weaken your immune system, raise your blood pressure, and more. Sleep is important and everybody needs it. Don’t neglect it. 

Reducing stress 

In a similar vein to sleep, stress has a negative impact on your physical and mental health. Among other things, stress can cause a negative feedback loop with sleep that will drag you further and further down. Stress causes sleep problems, which cause more stress, which cause more sleep problems, and on and on forever. Take time to break the cycle and stop it from happening in the future: 

  • Make time for hobbies that you enjoy 
  • Get regular physical activity 
  • Try relaxation techniques like deep breathing, imagery, or a massage 
  • If other de-stressors aren’t working, then see a doctor about your problem 

Check Up on Your Health Regularly 

All the health tips in the world won’t matter if there is a serious problem that you don’t know about. Regular checkups are an important part of knowing your body and your health. This is especially true if you’re over 50. It’s recommended that people over 50 get a physical at least once a year. If you have a chronic illness, then you may need even more. 

Health Insurance 

Most people can’t afford to go to the doctor regularly out-of-pocket. That's why it’s so important to find a health insurance plan that works for you! Luckily, the brokers at Apollo Insurance Group can help you every step of the way. Their services don’t cost you anything, so there’s no downside to seeing what’s available. Contact Apollo Insurance Group to get a quote today! 

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