How to Stay Healthy This Winter Season

While the cold weather can make us feel easily tired, weak, and restless, it is no excuse for neglecting healthy habits. That said, being healthy during the winter can be challenging because we tend to have cravings for comfort food and the desire to snuggle up indoors to stay warm.  The key is to actively encourage ourselves to stay focused on good health and find ways to stay healthy despite being cooped up indoors.

There are actually many ways you can stay healthy during the cold months.  All you need to do is find the time and choose some activities that you feel comfortable doing every day. Make it a habit, and it will become easier.

Below are some effective ways on how you can remain healthy and fit this winter season:

  • Drink lots of water. It may seem like you can’t become as easily dehydrated during the winter since you’re not out and about in the sunshine, but the truth is that heaters in your home and a lack of precipitation can dry the air. Even when your surroundings are cold, you should still drink six to eight glasses of water per day. This helps you retain good levels of moisture in your body, which helps in fighting common colds and bacteria.
  • Try to move around. Keep your body fit and do not allow it to go into hibernation mode. Moving enables your body to produce heat, which helps break down calories. Not only will you maintain a fit body, but it will also make you feel warmer and more comfortable.
  • Stock up on healthy foods. During winter, we usually crave comfort food. Unfortunately, most of these foods are high in calories and carbohydrates that may not give us the right amount of energy our body needs. Load up on foods that are not only filled with more nutrients, but that can also give you more energy throughout the day. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and non-white foods.
  • Sleep well. Get enough sleep each night to help you feel more energized each day. Sleep in longer if you can, so your body has more time to rejuvenate. Make it a goal to get seven to eight hours of sleep every night.

-M. Germaine Parra
D.C. Area RealtorFeng Shui Consultant
Licensed in DC, MD and VA
Long and Foster Realtors
6862 Elm Street Office, McLean, VA 22101
Fax: 703-873-1901
Cell: 703.650.8838

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