While the winter season brings love, laughter and memories, it also brings the constant temptation to eat and plenty of opportunities to get sick. Staying healthy during the winter is a hard task but we hope the tips below will help encourage you to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle throughout the season!
- Drink a large glass of water before every meal. Doing this will help fill you up before you dig into your meal and will cut down on your portion sizes.
- Make a plan for yourself before you attend holiday parties. Set a limit for the amount of desserts or drinks you will allow yourself to have and stick to that plan.
- Keep up your workout regiment! As the weather gets cold, we all get this mindset to exercise less. Move your workouts to inside your home or to other workout facilities. Keeping up your active lifestyle will give you an incentive to eat more nutritious meals and will boost your energy and overall happiness through this time.
- The winter season brings many opportunities to catch a cold. As you hop on airplanes, buses and trains in the upcoming weeks, be sure to wipe down armrests and tray tables with disinfectant wipes to prevent catching germs.
- Your hands pick up tons of bacteria through touching door handles, elevator buttons and handling money. Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you at all times.
- Be sure to handle and prepare your food safely. Cook your food at the right temperatures and wash your fruits and veggies before eating them.
- From traveling to shopping to party-hopping, we tend to keep ourselves extremely busy throughout the winter. Aim to get eight hours of sleep every night, no exceptions. Sleeping rejuvenates your body and helps fight infections to keep you happy and healthy.
- Catching a cold inevitably happens to the majority of people at some point over the winter. The second you feel symptoms coming, start drinking juice or water. Keeping yourself hydrated has been proven to help cut down symptoms like a sore throat or runny nose.
- When you are hosting a party or bringing an appetizer to someone else’s, make a healthy treat! Doing this will give you, and everyone else, a more nutritious option to snack on while you are socializing.
- Even throughout the winter, there are many opportunities to participate in local races. Sign up for a local 5K and start a new tradition with your family or friends!
Throughout the holidays, we all want to stay happy and healthy. Keeping a good balance of eating in moderation, exercise and germ prevention will greatly improve your health this holiday season.