10 Ways to Keep Yourself Healthy this Winter


10 Ways to Keep Yourself Healthy this Winter

The often cosy and dull winter season gives many reasons to neglect a healthy routine. It feels best to stay warm and snug inside your favourite blanket and get out only when it's needed. Well, undoubtedly, that sounds good but not good enough for your health. The gloomy winter days and the cold winds don't give us enough motivation to get out and go for some exercise. And this is why people say that winter brings illnesses. With a low level of physical activity, you may feel burdened mentally as well.

Winter requires you to be extra careful about everything, be it diet, physical activity, your daily routine, sleep cycle, and so on. This article will guide you through the winter wellness tips so that you can avoid visiting a doctor as far as possible this season. Let's get started and learn how to maintain good health and master a few health tips.

What are the Health Challenges during Winter?

Before knowing how to stay healthy during cold season, it is essential to understand the challenges that the winter season brings. Here are some of the common winter problems:

Virus and Common flu

Winters are the times when the contagious flu and virus increases to spread. Continuous exposure to cold wind causes sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, and so on, accelerating the spread of viruses and causing widespread flu.

Vitamin D Deficiency

As we all knowsunlight is a major source of Vitamin D for your body.

Due to the lack of sunlight during winter, your Vitamin D level may fall. Vitamin-rich diets and supplements can be quite helpful in such times!

Dry skin

Dry and rough skin is one of the most obvious effects of winter. Flaky skin, chapped lips, and  cracked heels altogether are problems in themselves. Due to the dryness in the environment  dryness occurs since your body loses its natural  moisture.

Respiratory Problems

Various respiratory diseases and problems may surge during winter. Asthma, sinusitis, etc., get active, and people suffering from these problems may find it difficult to breathe.

Weight Gain

Many people notice weight gain during winter. This is primarily because people tend to do little to no physical activity during winter. Merely resting, sleeping, and  binge or at times unhealthy eating increases your body weight.

Temporary Mental Health Issues

The gloomy days, lack of sunlight, and long hours of darkness can affect your mental health as well. People may experience seasonal depression and a lack of general motivation to do anything. Although it is normal, you may consult a doctor if it persists for longer. 

Did you know that winter makes you feel sleepy unnecessarily due to gloomy days and less sunlight? Maintaining the usual sleep cycle is advisable!

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10 Ways to Maintain Good Health

Now that you know some of the winter challenges,  the next question arises is how to maintain a healthy lifestyle? Do not fret. Here is a quick insight on how to protect your body in winter season:

1. Skin and Body Care

Dealing with dry and flaky skin becomes a routine for youduring winter. So, make sure to keep moisturising your body and face regularly. On some days, you may have to  take extra care due to extreme weather. You may use body oil, lip balm, and other products of your choice. Do not forget to scrub and moisturise your feet to avoid cracked heels.

2. Hair Care

Hair tends to lose its lustre and texture during winter. Following a 3-way care is recommended-oiling, shampooing, and conditioning. However, do not overdo any of these, as it may only damage your hair strands. Apply hair oil a night before shampooing, and after washing your hair, use a conditioner to lock its moisture. Try not to use a blow dryer or heat on your hair during winter, as it can make your hair brittle.

3. Health Care

Physical activity gets limited during the cold season, and this is the root cause behind health issues. Make sure to at least carry out exercises for 25-30 minutes daily. Try to sleep and wake up on time and follow your usual routine. Catch up with your friends, watch a movie, and spend time with your family so you have reasons to laugh and get out of bed.

4. Follow a Healthy Diet

Winter requires a change in your diet and makes it healthy since, anyway, physical activity gets restricted. Here are some good foods for winter:

  • Root vegetables like carrots, beets, turnips, etc. 
  • Vitamin D-rich food like egg yolks, mushrooms, milk, red meat, and so on
  • Soups
  • Oatmeals
  • Healthy snacks like roasted chickpeas, walnuts, etc.
  • Fruits
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Maintain your meals and try not to skip

5. Supplements

Many people may experience a lack of certain essential vitamins and minerals. In such a case, you may take supplements to balance your diet.

Health Tips: Get in touch with your doctor before you start with supplements.

6. Hygiene Care

Maintaining hygiene can alone keep off several diseases and contagious viruses. Make sure to wash your hands when you return home. Regularly sanitising doorknobs and sinks are also necessary. Winter also tempts you to not take a shower. However, you must bath regularly with warm water to ensure personal hygiene.

7. Proper Sleep

The sleep cycle may get disturbed during winter due to long hours of darkness. In case you are sleeping less, it may increase your chances of falling sick. Try not to let your routine be affected, and try to get ample sleep as per your earlier routine.

8. Vaccinations

Pre-winter preparations include vaccinations. If you or your family members have not taken vaccines for certain on-going flu and viruses, it is high time to do so now.

Health Tips: Here is another safety tip for the winter season. Get yourself vaccinated since the cases of flu increase during winter.

9.  Layer Yourself Properly

Warm clothes are the saviour in winter. Layering yourself with woollen clothes is essential especially when stepping outside. Riding bikes without gloves can cause cracks  and rashes on your skin. Make sure to get on your boots, windcheater or bomber jacket, and cover your head  with the helmet.

10. Ample Hydration

People often tend to  drink less water in winter. This is primarily because you get tired less and do not sweat usually. However, your body needs a good amount of water. So, do not forget to intake 3-4 litres of water per day.

Health Tips: While you may not be thirsty often, do not forget to stay hydrated during winter. Ensure you have a sufficient intake of water. You may set alarms to get notified about it!

Let’s Wrap it Up

Winters give some of the best days of the year, especially for trips and travels as well. So, do not limit your plans and get out of bed to enjoy these months of the year. At the same time, ample protection is needed as well. Exercising daily, eating healthy diets, and sleeping enough are must. The role of nutrition in maintaining health cannot be ignored. Some people even make charts about maintaining good health, and that's definitely helpful.

Even after all your precautions, sometimes illnesses can be strong enough to affect your health. In such a case, seek medical help immediately. Having a health insurance plan will ensure you do not have to pay for medical bills from your pocket. So, why not invest in your preferred health plan today?

Let Care Health Insurance cover the cost of your medical expenses. Allow us to connect with you and help choosing the most suitable health insurance plan today!

Disclaimers: The above information is for reference purposes only: Policy Assurance and Claims at the underwriter's discretion.

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