Winter Health Tips

Winter Health Tips
12th January 2022 c360admin

 

It is important to take care of yourself during the colder winter months and important to be aware of how you can do your best to stay healthy.

One of the most important things is to try and eat healthy foods as well as drinking plenty of water, exercising and keeping yourself warm.

Winter can be harsh time for our wellbeing from low moods to feelings of isolation. So, we have compiled a few tips to help you along the way:

 

Maintain a healthy diet through the winter months

It is important to eat more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, the more of these you eat, the healthier you will be as your body will combat disease-causing organisms better.

Because we are living in an age of convenience we are often choosing to eat food that is convenient and not taking care of ourselves. Processed foods might be a quick fix but in the long term not sustainable to our health and wellbeing.

Always make sure:

  1. You have a healthy breakfast
  2. Drink enough water throughout the day
  3. Don’t skip meals
  4. Eat a variety of nutritious foods

Keep your body hydrated:

Cold weather can leave us feeling dehydrated because we don’t sweat as much when it’s cold outside. So, make sure you drink plenty of fluids.

Get enough sleep:

Cold weather can also leave us feeling tired and sleepy because our bodies are trying to conserve energy, so it is important to make sure you get enough sleep every night. Poor sleep patterns or lack of sleep can lead to low moods and can affect your immune system, your immune system needs time to recover from the day’s activities and sleep allows for this process.

Stay Active:

Cold weather can leave us feeling inactive due to the shorter days. It can also be very tempting to stay indoors if the weather looks dull and opt for the sofa instead of getting out for a walk!

Although it is likely that your frequency of exercise will decrease during the winter months, it is important that you don’t abandon your fitness regime altogether. Staying active during the winter months is still important, both for your health and your body composition.

Trying exercising with others or plan some time with your family or friends to go walking. A walk will do wonders for your mental wellbeing as well as clocking up those vital steps! There are also some excellent online workout platforms that can be done from the comfort of your home,

Why not join in with one of our Finding your Feet Walks? We have some lovely walks suitable for all age groups and abilities which take place every week.

Checkout our website for details of our walking groups here:

https://www.community360.org.uk/services/wellbeing/finding-your-feet/

For further details of our winter resilience support:

https://www.community360.org.uk/winterresilience/

Advise on fitness and activity finder:

https://www.activeessex.org/