Winter is on its way and with it will come many illnesses that we tend to avoid at other times of the year. It isn’t that winter is unhealthy, rather we find ourselves in proximity to other people, individuals who have their share of germs. When closely confined as we are in winter, we tend to share what ails us with others.
You can stay healthy this winter or at least minimize your chances of becoming sick. Keep in mind the following tips and you’ll have less downtime than you might otherwise experience.
Wash Your Hands
Handwashing is not some simple ritual. What it does is to remove germs that can easily be absorbed in our skin, through our eyes or in our noses. Just think of the number of times you touch your body — it is through unclean hands that many germs are absorbed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises people to wash their hands before, during and after preparing food. You should also wash your hands before you eat, when caring for someone who is ill, after using the toilet, when tending to a wound, after changing a diaper, after touching garbage and following touching an animal, its food or its waste.
Maintain or Increase Your Workouts
Cold weather can have you cutting back on your workouts. This is a mistake: you need to exercise all year long. A healthy body does a better job of resisting illness advises Health News.
You may need to modify your routine, by incorporating more indoor exercise routines than outdoor routines, especially if the grounds are ice- or snow-covered. Instead of running around the track or on your favorite trail, walk around the mall or join a gym, at least for the winter months.
Get a Flu Shot
A flu shot can help reduce the chances that you will get certain types of flus. The annual flu shot is changed most years to combat the most likely types of strains out there.
If a new strain shows up, your flu shot won’t protect you. It may reduce the effects of any flu you encounter regardless.
Keep Stress in Check
With colder weather comes many stresses. The holiday season, end-of-year deadlines, taxes and other stressors emerge. You can’t avoid stress, but you can keep it in check.
Reduce your stress through exercise, by getting enough sleep, through prayer or meditation or by other means that keep you calm. Don’t allow a momentary stressor to wreck your day or it just may wreck your health.
Maintain Your Fluid Intake
Drink one ounce of water daily for every two pounds of body weight advises the McKinley Health Centre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. That is, if you are already sick.
Still, it is important that you maintain your fluid intake throughout the winter, what helps mucus to clear out. You may not be sick right now, but if mucus begins to form, then only water can help rid it.
There are a number of illnesses that sleep can help you avoid. The flu and colds are just a few of them.Cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, diabetes, colon cancer, urinary problems and your mortality may be connected to the amount of sleep that you get. Most people need seven to eight hours of sleep at night.
You need to eat right to maintain your health. Eating right can also help you avoid illnesses all winter long.Eat balanced meals by incorporating fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy protein into your diet. Use healthful oils such as olive and canola oils, and drink water instead of soda and fruit juices. As far as snacks go, avoid most sweets to stay healthy.
You may still get sick even if you follow these tips. If you start feeling ill, increase your zinc intake to reduce the impact of the illness and to shorten its length.