Shorter days and colder weather can lead to some bad habits. Health-conscious people who normally exercise and eat their vegetables may find themselves sitting indoors, watching television, and eating junk food during the winter. Your health is important throughout all stages of life, and throughout the entire year. Here are a few health and wellness tips for winter to help you stay in good health.
Indoor air quality
People tend to spend more time indoors when the temperature drops. Indoor air quality is often lower than the quality of the air outdoors. Indoor air pollutants and allergens can have a negative effect on your health.
- Vacuum twice a week and clean the filter regularly, wash sheets each week, and keep a clean home.
- Replace air filters each month.
- Make a point to spend time outside.
Wash your hands
Winter is cold and flu season. Washing your hands is a simple and effective way to help prevent the spread of germs and stay healthy.
Get your flu shot
The best way to avoid the flu virus is by getting vaccinated. Washing your hands can only do so much, and it’s next to impossible to completely prevent the spread of germs. Flu vaccination is the most effective way to help prevent the flu.
Hearty foods may offer comfort when it’s cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat healthy during the winter. A healthy diet includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean protein. Chili, beef stew, lentil soup, roasted vegetables, and even pot roast or chicken cooked with vegetables can all be comforting and nutritious.
People don’t typically associate dehydration with winter, but you can get dehydrated regardless of the temperature outside. Your body loses a lot of fluid during the cold, dry winter months, and many are less diligent about hydration. Make a point to drink water and replenish fluids.
It can be difficult to stay motivated to exercise during the winter, but adults still need a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Bundle up in weather-appropriate layers and enjoy a walk, or join a gym to get the exercise you need indoors.
Visit your primary care physician
The choices you make contribute to your overall health, but you don’t have to go it alone. Scheduling annual visits with your doctor is one of the best things you can do to maintain good health and wellness. Request an appointment with your primary care physician today!