It’s cold and flu season, and, let’s be honest, it’ll probably catch up to you at some point. But you can do your best to defend yourself!
When winter blows in, you can pull the blankets over your head and go back to sleep—or you can suit up and head out for an outdoor winter adventure!
There’s no reason you need to take a break from physical activity when the temperature drops. In fact, exercising in cooler weather has some distinct advantages over working out in warmer weather.
Here are some tips to stay healthy this winter.
Banish winter tiredness
Many people feel tired and sluggish during winter. This is due to the lack of sunlight, which disrupts our sleep and waking cycles.
Try these tips:
- get outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible
- get a good night's sleep – go to bed and wake up at the same time every day
- destress with exercise or meditation – stress has been shown to make you feel tired
Have a healthy breakfast
When it's cold and dark outside, it can be tempting to fill up on unhealthy comfort food. However, it's important to ensure you still have a healthy diet and include five portions of fruit and veg a day.
Winter is the perfect season for oats and upma full of veggies. Eating a warm bowlful on a cold morning isn't just a delicious way to start your day, it also helps boost your intake of starchy foods and fiber.
If you find yourself craving a sugary treat, try a badam Kesar milk, which is full of nutrition, Helps in the development of the brain, Acts as an antioxidant & reduce the risk of heart diseases, Boosts Energy, Helps to enhance memory, Helps to regulate blood pressure.
Winter vegetables such as carrots, Spinach, Methi Green beans etc are a good option for the whole family. Explore varieties of fruit and veg that you may not normally eat.
Drink more Milk
You are more likely to get a cold in winter, so make sure your immune system is in tip-top condition.
If you don't like plain milk than you can flavor it with Guruji Kesar, Kesar Pista, butterscotch or Badam Kesar.
Milk and dairy products such as cheese, yogurt are great sources of:
- vitamins A and B12
- calcium, which helps keep our bones strong
Choose semi-skimmed, 1% or skimmed milk – rather than full-fat – and low-fat plain yogurts.
Try new activities for the whole family
Don't use the cold winter months as an excuse to stay in and lounge around. Instead, get out with the whole family to try out a new activity –maybe ice skating, or taking a bracing winter walk on the beach or through the park.
Regular exercise helps control your weight, boost your immune system, and is a good way to break the tension that can build if the family is constantly cooped up inside the house.