When the autumn and winter seasons come, most of us tend to get sick and the sad fact is, most of us consider this a given. It’s a way of life and normal to become sick during the colder seasons, but it doesn’t have to be this way. You can still be in good health even if it’s cold and freezing and damp and windy outside. By being more conscious about your health and what you do during the cold seasons, you can avoid getting sick and actually feel better and more energised. Here’s how to have better health when it’s cold outside.
Why you need to stay fit and healthy during the colder seasons
The problem with the autumn, winter, and even spring seasons is that the days are shorter – and this, combined with colder temperatures, can really affect our health. The colder seasons bring about a weaker immune system, which increases your risk of getting an injury or developing an illness. So, if you don’t want to spend days in bed recuperating from the flu or another condition related to the weather, here’s what you should do:
- Watch what you eat
During the colder seasons, we tend to stay indoors more. We hardly go out except to work or do errands, and this time spent indoors can tempt us to do things such as snack on junk food or stay sedentary for hours just because we’re bored. Additionally, the colder season brings about a craving for ‘comfort food’ which often consists of food high in carbohydrates and fats. To avoid binging on carb-loaded food, eat a breakfast high in protein so that your level of energy remains constant for a longer time. Don’t skip breakfast; if you do, you may end up overeating during lunch.
- Go for nuts and seeds
Nuts, seeds, and fish are great sources of a kind of fat which is good for you: Omega-3 fatty acids. This kind of fat is considered essential for reducing joint stiffness, soreness, and pain, as it is anti-inflammatory. Some other studies about Omega-3 fatty acids state that the fats can also curb anxiety and depression, which are often felt by many individuals during the colder seasons.
- Benefit from a home workout
If you don’t feel like going out just to visit the gym or health club, don’t fret. You can still work out at home; there are many online resources for a range of video workouts and exercises, from yoga to aerobics, strength training, and more, and it can actually be a fun experience trying to do your exercise routine at home.
Sometimes, however, despite all our efforts to stay healthy, we can still get sick and miserable. The good news, though, is that there is now an app for GPs powered by Babylon where you can speak to a GP from your mobile phone in a matter of hours (rather than weeks), and you don’t even have to leave your home – the wonders of technology indeed. Stay safe, healthy, and fit!