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Top tips for keeping warm and staying healthy this winter!

Top tips for keeping warm and staying healthy this winter!

5th June 2017

The cold has well and truly set in and instead of reaching for that extra cup of hot chocolate on the couch; we’ve compiled some tips for staying healthy and reaching for better food and beverage options.

1. Increase your immunity by boosting your diet
Eating a wide of fresh fruit and vegetables, especially those high in vitamin C (think capsicums, oranges, kiwi fruit and broccoli), will help to boost your immune system and fight off coughs and colds.

Making your own stocks and broths is another wonderful way to increase immunity. You can add them to hearty winter soups, curries and casseroles to make dinnertime meals more nutritious.

2. Continue to Exercise daily
Yes, we know its cold out there but if you can get yourself up out of bed and into your warmest active-wear for a15-20 minute walk each morning, your body will truly thank you. Movement is medicine after all.

Winter is also a great time to try new exercise classes indoors at gyms or studios – hot yoga, heated swimming pools for lap swimming or water running/walking, indoor cycle classes or circuit training, the list really is endless.

3. Sleep well and sleep healthily
It’s hard to fight off winter coughs and colds when your body isn’t getting enough rest. The recommended 7-8hours per night is important during winter months. So get yourself in to your flannelette pyjamas and turn on that electric blanket for a nice cozy night sleep.
Switching off your electronic devices will also allow you to sleep better and more soundly, try reading a book before switching out the lights instead of the tempting movie in bed.

4. Keep clean to fight off illness
Wash your hands regularly to avoid getting sick and to help the stop the spread of illness.
If you are sick, coughing and sneezing, make sure to wash your hands more and avoid public places where you could easily spread your illness, avoid schools, doctors clinics and childcare centres.

This article is for information purposes only. Please consult your Osteopath or primary healthcare professional for further information.