Winter upon us, which means new health challenges to prepare for. Will your children be exposed to germs at school? Is there a cold going around the office? No matter the situation, you can take a few simple steps to stay healthy this winter.
Here are some winter health tips to help end the 2018 and prepare for a 2019.
Are you someone that enjoys running or walking outside? This becomes harder to do during the winter. Those who prefer to exercise at an indoor gym may not encounter these challenges. Regardless, it is important to factor exercise into your routine. Coupled with other healthy habits like diet choices and getting adequate sleep, exercise can help boost your overall health and quality of life. Don’t let the snow get in the way of you living healthy this winter!
Make Healthy Eating Choices
Along with exercise, making healthy eating choices is especially important during the winter. Due to weather factors like cold temperatures and snow, you may spend more time indoors. Because of this, you may not be burning calories at the rate you do when you are more active in the warmer months. Boost your winter health by making healthier eating choices. These include incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet and avoiding high-fat and high-carbohydrate foods. Eating lean, nutrient-rich foods can help support better immune system function and provide your body with better-quality calories to draw energy from.
Wash Your Hands Regularly
One of the most important winter health tips to keep in mind is washing your hands regularly. As more people spend time indoors during the winter, you may be exposed to more pathogens in an enclosed space. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching doorknobs, shaking hands, or spending an extended period of time in public spaces.
Better Winter Health Comes with Better Sleep
Getting enough sleep also helps you stay healthier this winter. A proper amount of sleep will support overall health and quality of life. Do you feel excessively tired? You may need to sleep more.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends these ranges of hours for different age groups:
- Newborn (0-3 Months): 14-17 hours
- Infrant (4-11 Months): 12-15 hours
- Toddler (1-2 Years): 11-14 hours
- Preschool (3-5 Years): 10-13 hours
- School Age (6-13 Years): 9-11 hours
- Teenager (14-17 Years): 8-10 hours
- Young Adult (18-25 Years): 7-9 hours
- Adult (26-64 Years): 7-9 hours
- Older Adult (65+ Years): 7-8 hours
Winter Health Starts with Immediate Care
Immediate Care provides treatment for many non-life-threatening illnesses, injuries, and other conditions. We look forward to helping you have a healthier winter. Here are some common winter health-related conditions that we treat:
- Coughs and Colds
- Winter Allergies
- Sports Injuries
- Back Pain (from all the snow shoveling!)
- …and more!