Ah, winter – hot chocolate, comfort food, blankets and snuggles. Or, on the flip side, colds, flu and never-ending sniffles. Don’t let tissues and cough syrup become your best friends, instead, stay on the right side of health this winter with these six simple tips.
1 Keep moving
Sorry, but you don’t get a free pass from exercise just because it’s cold. Work your body indoors at the gym if it’s too rainy to run and you’ll keep yourself healthy all season long.
2 Eat well
There’s nothing wrong with hearty stews and casseroles – just don’t go overboard on the junk food or portion sizes. You can still take comfort with delicious, warm and healthy meals.
3 Soothe your skin
Winter months are usually drier and your skin can end up taking the heat. Avoid flaky, itchy, dry skin with extra moisturiser and apply lip balm liberally for a perfect pout.
4 Boost your immunity
Give your body a boost by taking natural supplements such as vitamin C, zinc and echinacea, avoiding people with colds, and washing your hands regularly.
5 Drink up
While you may not feel as thirsty in winter, it’s more important than ever to stay hydrated. Aim for 2 litres a day and make sure your body has the fluids it needs to function.
6 Don’t stress
Prolonged anxiety can lower your immune system, making you more susceptible to infection. Let go of worries and do what you love instead. Your body and mind will thank you.