This past weekend, we got to experience the first snow of the season. This weather brought to mind how to stay as healthy as possible while the weather turns crisp. We have compiled a short list of things you can do to stay healthy and fit throughout the cold winter months.
Make sure you bundle up. Wear wind-resistant and warm outerwear when venturing outside, which includes, hats, gloves, and scarves.
Don’t forget to wash your hands. Bacteria and viruses spread rampantly through schools and offices. By frequently washing your hands, you are taking preemptive actions to help stop the spread. It’s super easy too. Just work a lather up and scrub for at least 30 seconds before you rinse. A great habit to start is to wash your hands before and after eating and definitely after using the restroom. Don’t forget your fingernails either. Germs love to hide underneath your nails and are easily spread when you touch your face.
Drink lots of water. Drinking enough water is very important. With the hot weather gone, we no longer have the heat and humidity to remind us to drink our eight glasses a day. However, staying hydrated is important to your health no matter the time of year. Without enough water, you become dehydrated which can leave you vulnerable to sickness. Water helps carry important nutrients throughout your body to clear away toxins. When you are dehydrated your body starts to shut down. Doctors recommend that you drink at least half your weight in ounces every day.
Keep your skin hydrated. As the biggest organ in your body, your skin is very important to keeping you healthy. Shorten your shower times (long showers dry your skin out more) and make sure to moisturize lavishly. Jarred creams work best and Shea Moisture lotions work really well. Cold weather can dry out skin making it itchy and irritated and exacerbating skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Not only should you be keeping your skin moisturized but keeping the air you breathe in your workplace and home humid is important as well.
Don’t neglect your hair. A lot of us get up, take a shower, and head to work with a head of wet hair. But those wet strands can cause your hair to break and split, not to mention that the cold weather plus the wet will dry out your scalp which can causing itching and flaking. It’s best to let hair air dry or blow dry it, if you must, before heading out into the cold. If you don’t have the time to spare, make sure you wear a hat.
Rest up. Getting a proper night’s sleep is always important but your body is susceptible to many illnesses throughout the winter months. Those 8 hours of well-deserved sleep keep your body’s immune system healthy and if you do get sick, will help fight back.
Stay active. Don’t be deterred by winter weather. All outdoors workouts can be adjusted and brought inside. The main goal is to keep active to help your body stay healthy and fit to fight off viruses and bacteria and to stop weight gain. Also, staying active will help stave off the cabin fever that inevitably will transpire.
Relax. Stress can cause our body not to fight back against illnesses. Our body does not function well when we are stressed, so it’s unable to fight back against the sicknesses that develop during winter. Take the time to breathe deeply, stop and read a book, take a relaxing walk, or go to the movies, anything that will allow your body to de-stress and stay healthy.