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Want to stay active and healthy all winter? Avoid those colds, flu, and weight gain. Here are a few tips to make your winter months more productive, and be sick less.
With the onset of winter months you may be starting to feel more tired and sluggish. I know I am. What can you do about it? There are several things that can help ease those winter months.
Get Enough Sleep
Did you know that October is the month we sleep the most. Experts aren't sure why. It may be because of low levels of light and shorter days. Our bodies have to adjust to less light and cooler temperatures. Some people require a little more sleep in the winter months. It's probably because there is less light and we suffer more fatigue.
We all need light, at least 30 mins a day, according to some studies. It might mean going outside bundled up in the winter, for a walk. You can always get yourself a SAD lamp. This is a lamp that emits UV light. This light works wonders for some people with depression or Seasonal effective disorder.
I am sure you've heard this before but yes exercise keeps your energy up. Often outdoor activities in winter can help keep bring your energy up when you feel lazy and want to hibernate.
If you don't like the cold, you might consider using the gym or a home exercise plan. Or...you can play volleyball or some other indoor sport. Playing an indoor sport can help you avoid that inevitable weight gain that plagues us. No wonder we hate winter.
Avoid long hours of watching TV
while it's tempting to want to curl up in front of the TV all winter, it's not healthy. It will lower your metabolism and you will gain weight and lose muscle mass, making you fell miserable. A little bit of TV to unwind is fine, but not hours and hours like some people I know. You are likely to feel even more lazy. It's fine to indulge a bit, but keep it under control.
Diet and Nutrition
You may have noticed that your appetite increases at this time of the year. It may be that our body needs more calories to keep us warm, but watch the calories if you don't burn them off. It's wise to take some supplements during the winter. For sure take Zinc and extra vitamin C and D 3. I make ginger and lemon shots. I did this last winter and I didn't even get a cold or flu or anything.
Tune in to Dishing Up Nutrition in ITunes. It's a great podcast, or go to their website at www.weightandwellness.com. They have online classes and they are awesome.
You do need to boost your immune system. Fruit and veggies will help. What about mushrooms? If you're like me, you might not like them, but you can take supplements to boost your immune system.
Even if you don't like sports, you can be outside in winter with the dog, or outside with a friend. It's similar to the "if you can't beat it, join it," attitude. In the past, I found that if I spend a lot of time outdoors I get sick less. That's because many sick people stay inside, and they congregate at shopping malls and coffee shops. So stay away during those holidays, shop early.
* Another great tip is to use hand sanitizing gel. Look for the higher quality ones. Trust me they work. I also work in health care and they are using them for everybody during cold and flu seasons. I have seen a huge reduction in illnesses spreading over the years.
We can't change the coming of winter, but there are things that add up that can make us feel better, cope and be more productive. If you are like me and you don't want to go outside sometimes, try an indoor exercise program, clean house, renovate, do anything but sit around. You will be healthier and happier next spring.
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