Here’s How You Can Stay Fit and Healthy In the Winter Season
Winter season has arrived in its full force and so are the health issues associated with this chilled season. Most likely, people get too busy making new year resolutions that they almost forget how to prepare for the change in weather that has a great impact on their physical and mental health.
Today’s discussion will revolve around the best tips that will guide you to stay protected from the winter illness. Are you curious to know? Let’s get straight into the article.
What are the effects of winter on the body?
Seasonal Affective Disorders (SAD) brings several side-effects to the overall health. On that account, it is a smart choice to prepare yourself before the temperature starts to drop down. Know why?
- In winters, you are more prone towards feeling lethargic and tired
- There is an increased risk of heart attack
- Your craving of warm food basically unhealthy and sugary food increases that causes weight gain and you may fall sick as well
- It can also make a person stressed
- The dry and cold winter also leads to dry eye with a feeling of burning and itching
- Dry air makes the skin look dull and dry that often leads to rashes, irritation, or winter eczema
- Cold and flu are more common during the colder months
The short and dark days in winters made us suffer from various physical and mental health problems. Therefore, we have to prepare ourselves and create a shield against such harmful viruses in these cold months of the season. Here’s how you can do that.
- Sip plenty of Water
In order to stay healthy and have moisturized skin naturally, I urge all of you to sip 6-7 glasses of water every day. Hydration plays a key role in making the skin look shiny, soft and enhance its appearance naturally. Since the cold temperature, suck out the moisture from your skin, it is essential to drink enough water so that you don’t need to really on chemical equipped products for soft skin.
If you don’t feel like drinking water every time, you can also have coconut water or simply squeeze a lemon into the water for some flavour boost.
- Limit your food craving
During this season, most of us like to stay indoors and eat warm food & beverages. Possibly, pizza, pasta or a cup of chai/coffee, right? While having such food items might give you coziness for some time but in reality, it wreaks havoc to the health by weakening the immune system.
Having sugary drinks give a sudden energy boost that quickly crashes after sometime leaving you with a feeling of tiredness or sleepiness. On the other hand, unhealthy processed food is linked to various health problems which you must be pretty aware of. If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, then consider natural sugar alternatives like fruits and natural fruit juices. You should make it a habit to use honey, coconut sugar, maple syrup etc.
- Get a Healthy and Balanced Diet
We are what we eat – Ever heard of this popular idiom? If you have or have not, it is necessary to intake a healthy diet on a regular basis to overcome winter problems especially winter fatigue and tiredness.
Your everyday diet should consist of the following food items which ensure you are getting healthy fat, sugar, and nutrients.
- Varied winter veggies like Carrots, Broccoli, Spinach, Cauliflower, Turnips etc.
- Citrus fruits that are a good source of vitamin C, essential to boost immunity and also tastes delicious during winters. For e.g. Lemon, orange, kiwi, banana, grape etc.
- Dried fruits and nuts
- Wholegrain cereals and pulses
- Get physically active
I know it’s hard to step out of the bed and workout. But, trust me, staying active in this winter season is more essential than of summers. In the unpleasant weather conditions, our cold muscles easily inclined towards injury/strains and our immune response is also reduced, which makes it important to exercise for at least 60 minutes regularly.
If you don’t wish to go outdoors in the cold breeze, then don’t; follow a home workout.If you are workaholic, learn to manage time and sneak out the required hours for exercising in a busy schedule.
- Wear Warm Clothes
When it comes to winter weather, wearing warm clothes is a must in order to get the warmth from the cold temperature. Not wearing winter clothes increases the rate of falling sick. For that reason, you need to add up those extra layers that are breathable and protect you from the freezing temperature inside and outside of the house.
- Use Natural means of moisturizer
Nothing can beat the glow you that you get from using natural means of beauty enhancer. Instead of relying on chemical beauty products use the natural home remedies that help to give you soft and blemish-free skin. Try any of the following tips to moisturize your skin well in the cold breeze
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Shea butter
- Aloe Vera
- Papaya, watermelon, and pineapple
Take a boost of Vitamin D
Vitamin D is an essential element of the body to maintain the health and lifting mood. Feeling low and lazy is a part of a change in weather conditions, therefore, try to take a surplus of vitamin D to get away from being lazy and less productive.
As we all know that sunlight is the best source of vitamin D, so do not forget to take a dose of vitamin d every day to keep in shape and protected from common winter health problems.
During colder months, our body becomes vulnerable to viruses causing various health problems. For that reason, we advise all of you to follow the above discussed health tips so that you can remain protected from any disease and rather enjoy the weather.
We can’t stop the onset of the season, but by adopting these measures we can surely prepare ourselves from the winter storms and health dangers.
Wishing you a Happy and Healthy winter!