Jan 12, 2017

To help you avoid feeling under the weather, here are 5 tips that can boost your energy and strengthen your immune system.

1.    Exercise regularly. Bundle up, get outside and enjoy the weather! Be sure to warm up by stretching before you start your exercise. It can take a little longer than usual for your joints to loosen up in cold weather. Exercise has been proven to help prevent depression and lift your mood if you’re feeling down. Exercise can also help your body fight off sickness. 1

2.    Drink lots of water. It might not be hot outside, but your body still needs water. Remember to drink at least 2 liters of water every day. That’s a little more than half a gallon. To help you get enough, pick a large cup, fill it with ice water and take it with you wherever you go. You’ll be surprised how much water you can drink in a day when it’s sitting right next to you. 2

3.    Eat healthy foods. Fruits and veggies are always going to be at the top of the list of healthy things to eat. Keep your eyes peeled for winter vegetables when you’re at the market, including carrots, parsnips, turnips and squash. Also enjoy winter fruits, such as apples, clementines and grapefruits.

4.    Get extra sleep. The average person needs 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night. And if you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body has a harder time fighting off illness. In the winter, our bodies naturally want to sleep more, so give in! “It’s perfectly natural to adopt hibernating habits when the weather turns cold,” says Jessica Alexander, spokesperson at the Sleep Council.3

5.    Keep your hands clean. Don’t forget that wintertime is flu and cold season, so keep your hands clean. Remember these 5 simple steps from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for washing your hands: That’s wet, lather, scrub, rinse, dry. The scrub part of washing your hands should last at least 20 seconds.4


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