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Blog Homepage > 6 Tips to Healthy Living This Winter

05/12/14

In the cold winter months, healthy living is more important than ever. The cold brings with it a whole host of health concerns: everything from the dreaded flu to 24 hour winter bugs. We’ve put together a list of health tips to keep your body ticking over.

1. Drink plenty of water

This is probably the second most obvious of the health tips on our list, but it’s something a lot of people are terrible at. Drinking plenty of water is key to healthy living. Maybe you’ve cut back because of the water charges (!) or maybe you prefer the taste of tea or coffee. Either way staying hydrated is important, and water is the optimal choice. Some health tips for hydration include:

  • Drink eight glasses of water a day - yes, eight!
  • If you’ve been exercising, keep hydrated with water breaks
  • If you’ve got a cold or flu, it’s even more important to keep hydrated. Drink plenty.

2. Eat a balanced, healthy diet

An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Maintaining a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables is an easy way to stave off illness and maintain healthy living. Start your day off right with a smoothie full of your favourite fruit and veg.

3. Exercise

You knew it was coming! Exercise is the bane of many people’s lives, but a strong, healthy body is so important to healthy living. If you don’t already go to the gym or if you haven’t got time, start small:

  • Walk to work or to the shops instead of taking the car. Healthy living is often a case of changing small things.
  • Take the dog for a longer walk. Building up five minutes extra a week will slowly but surely amount to extra miles.
  • Do exercises during ad breaks of the TV show or film you’re watching. Crunches and push-ups are ideal.
  • Join a gym or exercise class. The social scene is great, but having a support system means you’re more likely to stick out your new healthy living lifestyle.

4. De-stress

Managing your stress levels is a big one! High stress levels may make you more susceptible to the common cold: you’re tired, you’re achy, and you may not be eating properly. Meditation or yoga are great ways to relax. Take time out. Put your laptop to sleep for twenty minutes or put your phone on silent. Have a long chat with a loved one or do something you enjoy to stay healthy and bring down your stress levels.

5. Wash your hands

Washing your hands regularly is an obvious health tip but it’s one a lot of people skimp on. Wash them regularly to avoid spreading germs. Keep all surfaces clean and always be careful around items a lot of people touch during the day i.e. an escalator handrail. If you are going to sneeze or cough, cover your nose or mouth with a tissue, throw the tissue out, and give your hands a good scrub.

6. Get plenty of sleep!

Eight hours a night for adults will keep your immune system ticking over. Waking up refreshed also makes exercising and general healthy living a little easier. If you find it hard to sleep, avoid coffee or tea late at night, switch your phone and laptop off a half hour earlier, and focus on relaxing. Getting into a regular sleep routine makes it an awful lot easier to get up in the morning too!

 

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