5 Winter Health Tips for the Cold Season

How to Support Your Health During Wintertime 

Long, dark days, cold weather and the indulgence of the holiday season can make it difficult to stay in shape during the wintertime. Many people find that winter causes them to lose the motivation to keep to an exercise routine and makes it easier to fall into unhealthy eating habits. 

Although it is a challenge to keep up a healthy lifestyle in wintertime, there are several ways in which you can support your wellbeing throughout the colder months. If you are struggling to stay on track with your fitness routines, the team at Orphic Nutrition has put together some top tips to help you get over the winter blues and stay on the path towards a fitter, healthier you!

Keep Up an Exercise Regime

Chilly temperatures can mean that we avoid going outside to exercise. As the cold and flu season hits its peak, going to the gym may not seem like a great idea. However, there are ways in which you can overcome the freezing weather and keep up a good exercise regime. 

Firstly, make sure you are dressed for the weather. Layer up with moisture-absorbing clothing, and make sure you have good footwear, something to keep your head warm, and a weatherproof jacket. Getting together with a group can help you stay motivated, so get some friends in on the action! 

You could also take up a new activity during winter, like skiing, ice skating, or taking a run through the snow. If you really can’t bear the thought of venturing out into the frost, winter could be the perfect time to discover yoga, get a home weight set, or learn tai chi. 

Practice Good Hygiene 

As the world continues to struggle with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, maintaining good hygiene is more important than ever. Especially during the winter months when we also face an increased chance of catching a cold or coming down with the flu. Wash your hands regularly with soap and hot water and always keep a bottle of hand sanitizer on you. Good hygiene practices will limit the spread of germs and viruses and help to stop you from getting sick or passing an illness onto others. 

Get Enough Sleep 

Staying healthy isn’t always about physical movement. Getting enough sleep should always be a top priority. Our bodies need sleep to recharge our minds and muscles, reduce stress levels, and build up our immune systems. It is recommended that adults get at least 7 hours of uninterrupted, quality sleep per night. If you are having trouble sleeping, try taking a natural sleeping aid like chamomile tea before bedtime, or wind down with meditation or stretching exercises. 

Don’t Neglect Your Diet 

One of the best things you can do for your overall health and wellbeing is to eat a balanced diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables, protein, grains, and legumes. Sticking to a healthy and varied diet will ensure that your body gets the nutrients it needs to keep your immune system strong. We all overindulge in rich foods during the holiday season, but make sure that you don’t stay on your Yuletide diet into the New Year!

Support Your Health with Supplements 

Of course, with the fast pace of modern life, many people do not always have the time to prepare healthy meals. There are also those of us who are on special diets, or who are vegan or vegetarian and may not be getting all the nutrients they should from their food. If you are concerned that your diet isn’t giving you all the nutrients and vitamins you need, or you simply want to support your health in the best ways that you can, then taking a supplement may help you with a quick, convenient, and easy way to stay in good shape.*