Maintain Good Health in the Cooler Days of Fall and Winter
Do you already feel a bit of a cold breeze blowing through your hair? If the imminent arrival of the cold season is giving you more chills than the latest Netflix thriller, then the panic is over: our guide is here to help.
Keep reading as we dish out some great tips on how to stay healthy in the cooler months: it’s easy, fun, and totally feasible.
Start the Day Right
You’ve probably heard this time and time again: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” Yet, raise your hand if you habitually skip breakfast, or simply gobble up a rushed cup of coffee before heading out to the office.
The result? Not only will you frantically look for a (less-than-healthy) mid-morning snack, but you are also putting your entire immune system at risk. Ensuring that you prepare and consume a wholesome, nutrient-dense breakfast is the first step to combating all those nasty seasonal bugs that plague the fall and winter months. Prepare yourself a slew of stews and soups and you'll fight off plenty of illnesses.
Take Your Workouts Outdoors
Getting as much vitamin D as possible will help you stay healthier even on shorter days and colder weather. So, every week, do the following. Check the weather forecast on your phone: is it showing at least one day of sunshine?
If so, schedule a nice workout session for that day – and do it outside. Whether in your own backyard or at your local park, exercising outdoors combines the great benefits of physical activity with those of spending time in nature.
If the weather isn’t cooperating, Liv Multifamily communities have great “LivFit” fitness centers with free weights, interactive cardio and strength equipment, and exciting fitness classes like Zumba, Pilates, and yoga to keep residents active.
Consider Taking Supplements
What happens if the weather forecast is showing relentless rain – or worse – for days on end? Supplements can help you ensure you meet your recommended daily intake of all the nutrients you need to support a healthy immune system – including, of course, vitamins C and D.
Continue Practicing Good Hygiene
The global pandemic might feel a bit more under control now, but this doesn’t absolutely give you a free pass to drop all those good hygiene habits that you have developed in the past couple of years.
So, remember to wash your hands frequently (or use hand sanitizer when running water and soap are not available), wear a mask when you are in a very crowded place, and do not leave the house if you are feeling unwell to avoid the spread of viruses.
Get Your Flu Shot
Now that lockdowns are mostly over and people are back at work and school, the chances of the winter flu spreading are much higher than they have been at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, it’s a good idea to get yourself a flu shot as early as possible, both to prevent yourself from catching it and to protect everyone else in your household.
Admittedly, staying hydrated is much easier to remember in the warmer months than it is in fall and winter. When it’s hot outside, you tend to lose much more water from your body through sweat, which triggers your thirst and requires you to drink plenty of water.
Nonetheless, it is essential to make sure you keep drinking water regularly if you want to support your immune system in the cooler season. Try this trick. Shop for a fun, colorful water bottle and fill it up with fresh water every morning.
Then, take your bottle wherever you go: your office, the gym, and even your nightstand. Having a water bottle always next to you will automatically spur you to keep up those all-important sips of H2O which, in turn, can provide your immune system with a much-needed boost all year round.
Look After Your Smile
Who would have thought that taking care of your oral health is so crucial to your overall health? Well, as strange as it may sound, looking after your teeth is one of the best ways to ensure that you stay fit and healthy throughout your life.
This is because tooth-related problems such as tooth decay, cavities, and more, can negatively impact other organs in your body – including your heart. So, get to booking that dentist appointment right now.
Protect Your Health When the Temperatures Drop
Staying healthy in fall and winter is not only possible, but it’s much easier than you think. Simply follow the tips and tricks that we discussed in our guide, such as drinking lots of water, exercising outside, and taking supplements.
And now, relax and prepare for the healthiest cold season ever with advice from Liv Multifamily.