Winter proof your health for a healthy winter season!
Power up your immune system with a few simple healthy lifestyle tips. It is easier than you think.
Don’t hide inside all winter season, take time to get outside and breathe in the fresh chilly air, walk the dog, take a nature hike or walk by a lake, this is invigorating and an absolute must in my week. Open your windows a few times a week in the winter months to clear out the house and freshen trapped indoor air.
Keep your workouts consistent. Studies suggest that an on again off again relationship with your dumbbells can make you feel sluggish and tired, making you more susceptible to winter colds, flu and illness. Following a steady fitness routine will help keep your immune system running smooth and full of healthy energy. Exercise is a great way to stay healthy overall and a necessity for everyone to maintain a healthy, fit lifestyle. When it comes to burning fat and those extra calories it is extremely important to power up your immune system with exercise, good nutrition and adequate rest.
Get to bed early and maintain a regular time to get to bed every night. You have heard this time and time again, lack of sleep increases the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in your body, which is a common cause of weight gain. Most people say it is impossible to get 7-8 hours sleep, these are the rules on sleep and that is the number needed to maintain your physical and emotional health. The first thing everyone in today’s society can do to get more sleep is turn OFF the electronic devices! Your eyes need rest from the computer screens in order to power down too. Try going to sleep 15 minutes earlier every night until you reach 7-8 hours. Read an old fashioned text book and relax, you are going to be amazed at how much better you will feel after just 10 days following this advise, I promise! My little healthy tip: Spritz lavender spray on your bedding and pillow case.
Add healthy colorful food to your plate. The more color the more Vitamin C boosting antioxidants. Yellow, red and orange fruits and vegetables such as sweet potatoes, peppers, carrots, papaya and apples are great additions to your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Add a fruit as a snack daily too. I love the many websites and help available online, here is a great website to check out: www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org
Cheers to a healthy, happy winter season!