Winter Wellness: 5 Ways To Help You Get Through Winter
Well the winter season is officially here! We've compiled a list of 7 tips to help you stay healthy and fit throughout the winter season.
1. Keep Exercising
It may be harder to get up or be motivated to workout when it's cold outside and there's less sunlight throughout the day. Don't feel like hitting the gym? It's a lot more convenient (and perhaps safer) to workout at home. Search up a workout video on the web and you can get right started. Try to schedule a set time to workout. Otherwise, it can be all too easy to push it off. Having a good exercise routine can help us not only stay fit but also help boost our immune.
2. Go Outside Often
Especially when it's raining or snowing outside, going outside is the last thing many of us want to do. However, staying inside all the time with only artificial heating and companions in the workplace or at home sniffling is one of the big reasons why people get sick during the winter season. So, dress warmly, and try to pick a day when the sky is blue and clear to go for a walk. Going outside to admire the nature is not only fun but can help boost your mood.
3. Protect Your Skin
It's all too easy for our skin to get extra dry during the winter season as the cold air can quickly suck out the moisture from our skin. On top of that, many of us like to blast on the heater which also drinks up the moisture that's left in our skin. In the end, you may be left with super dry, cracked, or scaly skin. Combat the dryness by slapping on a heavy, oil based moisturizer, especially after you take a shower and whenever you feel like your skin is dry. You can also consider using a humidifier to help add more moisture to the air. Make sure to also drink lots of water and eat lots of foods that are high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty aids.
4. Keep Your Vitamin D Levels in Check
Why is vitamin D important? It helps boost our immune system, our mood, and our sleep cycle. It can also help our body retain calcium to help build our bones. Our bodies make vitamin D when it is exposed to the sun. However, during the winter months, it can be quite common for many to become vitamin D deficient. You can check with your doctor to see whether you are low on vitamin D and whether you should take a vitamin D supplement.
5. Be Aware of Your Heart Health
Cold weather along with intense exertion can be bad for our heart. Many studies have shown that the number of heart attacks increase when the temperature decreases. Those who do not do as much strenuous activity are at a higher risk when they subject themselves suddenly to intense work. For example, if you need to go outside and shovel snow, take it slow and easy. So be careful and be mindful of any chest pain seriously. Most heart attacks start with mild symptoms so seek help immediately if you sense any discomfort, chest tightening, or pain around the chest area.