Winter health dos and don’ts

Winter is a time to take care of yourself and your loved ones. It’s important that we stay warm, eat healthy foods and exercise. This blog post shares some winter health dos and don’ts for you to follow so you can have a happy and healthy winter!

DO drink plenty of water

Drinking water may be unappealing in the cold winter days, but it is important that we stay hydrated – particularly as this season causes our skin to lose moisture. As cold water may not be as appealing as in the summer months, you can opt for healthy hot drinks such as green tea or warm water with a slice of lemon.

DON’T forget your skincare routine

The cold weather may be harsh on your skin causing dryness or irritation especially if you have sensitive skin. While hydrating by drinking plenty of fluids can help, you should also make sure to clean and moisturise your skin daily to keep it healthy throughout the winter, you might find you need to swap to a more intensive moisturiser during winter months and something lighter in summer.

DO wash your hands regularly

It is important to keep washing your hands often during the winter, particularly as there are a lot of germs and viruses going around this time of year. Washing your hand and using hand sanitiser will help prevent you from getting sick and spreading your germs to others. Also try and make a habit of not touching your face, as this is how cold viruses are spread. Combat the effects with an intensive hand cream.

DON’T forget to wear sunscreen 

It is important that we protect ourselves from the sun’s harmful rays just as much in winter as during summer months. You should not only cover up with clothes but also use a good sunscreen lotion when going outdoors especially if you are exposed to the sun for prolonged periods of time. This is particularly important if you are in an area that experiences snow in the winter, as the snow reflects the sun’s rays and can increase your chances of getting skin damage.

DO keep up your fitness routine 

It is important that we do not let ourselves go during winter months and become too lazy to exercise or maintain our usual fitness routines. You should try to continue your fitness routine whether it’s regular walks, weight training or yoga so you can stay in shape and avoid gaining excess pounds from overeating during the cold winter months.

Related: How to stay motivated to stick to your healthy habits during winter

DON’T leave home without your umbrella or raincoat 

It is important that we keep our umbrellas and raincoats handy as we never know when the rain might strike! So try to keep your umbrellas and raincoats in a place that is easy for you to access when needed, such as in the car or by the front door.

DO take care of your feet 

You should try to keep your feet warm by wearing socks and slippers indoors to help maintain your body heat. You can also give yourself a foot massage or soak them in hot water after being outside on chilly days so you do not get cold injuries like frostbite! This is particularly important if you are susceptible to them, such as people with Raynaud’s disease.

DON’T forget your medication or vitamins 

You should always have enough of your prescribed medications and other supplements on hand in case you get sick during the winter months. You should also consider taking a vitamin D supplement as the lack of light during the winter months can affect our vitamin D levels. If you are unsure whether your current medication or supplements are compatible, you should always ask your GP for advice before purchasing them.

Why not check your vitamin D levels with our simple vitamin D home test kit? This will allow you to see if you have a deficiency and need a little boost!

DO eat plenty of fruits and vegetables 

It is important that we keep our bodies healthy by eating foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fibre. These include garlic, citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, and lemons; leafy greens like spinach; beans including kidney beans; fish high in omega-three fatty acids like salmon, tuna and mackerel; nuts including walnuts, almonds and Brazil nuts; and seeds including pumpkin seeds.

Related post: Ten immunity-boosting foods

DON’T forget to eat hot meals 

You should make sure that you are eating plenty of nutritious foods throughout the day if it is cold outside. You should try not to skip any meals and stick with healthy warm options like grilled chicken and hearty vegetable stews. 

DO keep your home warm and dry  

It is important that we keep our homes warm and dry during the winter months. Make sure to use your heating, and you can use a humidifier if your skin is dry or you have breathing problems. You should also open your windows from time-to-time to allow fresh air in.

DON’T forget about cleaning and dusting 

You may feel less motivated in winter but try not to neglect the inside of your home during winter months as it can lead to an accumulation of dirt, germs and bacteria that may cause illness. Make sure that you are cleaning your home regularly, especially if you have allergies or asthma.

DO bundle up in layers 

It is important to wear layers so you can stay warm, and take off or put on clothes as needed throughout the day. To avoid overheating, take off your coat if need be and put it back on when leaving a heated building or going outside where the temperatures are colder.