It may be cold outside but winter needn’t be the unhealthiest time of year – Checkout our top tips below and strengthen your body’s immune system during this winter season.
Here are are our top tips for staying keep healthy and fit this winter:
1. Get enough sleep –
“On average we sleep six-and-a-half hours a night, much less than the seven to nine hours recommended,” says Jessica Alexander, spokesperson at the Sleep Council, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of a good night’s sleep to health and wellbeing. If you’re not getting that kind of sleep, your body is extremely vulnerable to getting sick. Aim for one night in the middle of the week to get to bed an hour earlier to catch up…..
2. Keep stress to a minimum
There have been studies recently that have linked high stress levels to making a person more susceptible to catching colds and flu. Try and keep your stress to a minimum
3. Eat more fruit and vegetables
When it’s cold and dark outside it can be tempting to fill up on unhealthy comfort food, but it’s important to ensure that you still keep your diet healthy and include five portions of fruit and veg a day. Try eating an extra piece of fruit or veggie every day!
4. Exercise regularly
Don’t use the cold winter months as an excuse to stay in and lounge around. It is important to exercise regularly, even if it’s only for 15 minutes a day! Get out and take a short walk and enjoy the cooler weather.
5. Have a hearty breakfast
Winter is the perfect season for porridge. Eating a warm bowlful on a cold morning isn’t just a delicious way to start your day, it also helps you to boost your intake of starchy foods and fibre, which give you energy and help you to feel fuller for longer, stopping the temptation to snack mid-morning. Oats also contain lots of vital vitamins and minerals.