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How to Stay Healthy in the Winter

Updated on April 19, 2013

How do you stay healthy in the winter months? Here are a few ideas:

Brave The Elements

Get outside regularly, but at least once a day. Natural light and fresh air play a big part in keeping healthy and are also important for out mental well being. If you work in an office, you could use your lunch break to go for a walk for example.

Eat Well

Our bodies need more food in the winter and also food that is local and seasonal. Listen to your body. Look for what is growing naturally in the winter months near where you live. If you live in the UK for example, root vegetables are going to be a more natural food compared to mangoes. Warming, comforting foods like soups and stews can also be a healthy option.

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Get Enough Sleep

Before electricity humans used to live in tune with the natural light and get more sleep in the winter. Don’t fight the natural rhythms and get enough sleep. It will help you to stay fit and healthy and ward off any bugs and colds going around.

Use A Neti Pot

Neti pots are used to irrigate the nasal passages. They can be useful for people with allergies, sinus problems and asthma. They can also help if you have a cold or blocked up nose as they help congestion move through your nose and body quicker. I use a Neti Pot most days and whenever I feel a cold coming on I use it more regularly. It has been helpful in helping me stay healthy and I have had less colds than I used to.

Wash Your Hands

When there are colds and bugs around in the winter season, germs can easily get passed along from one person to the next particularly via the hands. Ensuring you wash your hands is a good way to keep clean and healthy and minimize the chances of getting ill.

Winter can be a difficult time for many people and is often a time when people feel blue. Here are a few ideas of ways to ward off the winter blues:

Join A Gym

Gyms can be particularly useful in the winter months when it might be more difficult at times to exercise outside due to the weather or darkness. Many gyms offer short term packages these days so if you do not want to sign up all year round. Staying healthy and exercising regularly will raise your serotonin levels and ward off depression, which there is a higher rate of in the winter months,

Use An Exercise DVD

Exercise DVD’s enable you to work out in the comfort of your own home, so if the weather and light outside is a problem, you can still exercise. I use a yoga DVD each day and it has made a huge difference to my health. Using an exercise DVD cuts down on time needed for exercise (getting to and from the gym etc) and you can even do it in your pyjamas!

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Use a natural alarm clock
Use a natural alarm clock | Source

Get Outside

It is important to get outside in the winter even if it is cold and grey. Fresh air can help to fight off bugs and exposure to natural light has been shown to help in decreasing depression and seasonal affective disorder. Try to get outside at least once a day if not more. you will feel better and more healthy for it.

UseA Natural Alarm Clock

One of the hardest things about the winter months is getting up when it is dark outside. I am a big fan of natural alarm clocks. They simulate a natural dawn and gradually and gently wake you up. the light and sound gradually increase over half an hour to your desired waking time. Gradually waking up to soft, gently increasing light and the sounds of ocean waves (for example) is much easier on the body and has been shown to be better for you and also has an effect in enhancing mood.

Create Things To Look Forward To

Having things to look forward to makes such a difference to our health and happiness at all times, but particularly in the winter when it is cold and bleak. Booking a holiday or making social engagements to look forward to can make such a difference in keeping you happy and healthy in the winter months.

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      lol! I could pretend that ! published it for my Siberian readers! :-) Thanks for the feedback and maybe I should write a hub now about remembering tips from seasonal hubs!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheez, summer just got here and now you want me to think about winter? Fine, I will...........great hub with excellent suggestions. Now if I can only remember them for five months. :)