With some limitations to our lives this winter season, it is easy to get caught up in eating an abundance of unhealthy foods as well as staying inside and laying around. By doing these things, you are going to dig yourself into an unhealthy hole for the spring. We want to stay healthy this winter by eating well, exercising regularly, and maintaining our overall health. Here are some tips for living a healthier lifestyle this winter.
Eating healthy is easier said than done. With the carb, sugar, and sodium loaded foods and snacks we enjoy during the winter months and the holiday season, it is easy to forget about maintaining a balanced diet. A balanced diet includes a good amount of fruits and vegetables, especially ones that are high in vitamin C. If you follow a particular diet or lifestyle of eating, then be sure to consider the options within them as well.
When you are cooking or snacking, there are a few things to remember in order to keep your diet both healthy and satisfying. First, add fiber to your diet by eating oats, nuts, and apples. Dark green and orange vegetables are also especially healthy because they have many nutrients you may be lacking during the winter. Other foods such as fish and eggs are also great to have because of their abundance of vitamin B12. Cooking with spices is also a good idea because they add much flavor without adding an abundance of calories.
There are thousands of recipes out there that will fit your diet or food lifestyle, your budget, and your cravings. Many healthier recipes will swap out carb, sugar, and sodium-loaded ingredients with healthier alternatives. If you overload yourself with heavy, unhealthy meals all winter long, you are sure to not feel too well. You don’t want to be one of the 60 to 70 million Americans struggling with digestive problems this winter while also trying to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. By balancing your eating habits this winter, you will feel healthy and happy.
Exercising regularly is difficult during the winter months for many people because of the cold weather. However, if you don’t go to a gym, there are several other activities, both indoor and outdoor, you can indulge in this winter that can keep you and your family fit and active.
If you want to stay inside, perhaps plan your workouts in advance, such as by the week. For example, you could try yoga a few days a week and do arm, leg, and ab workouts on the opposite days. There is an abundance of free workout material available online with both equipment and equipment-free options. If you have children, you can get them involved as well. Reaching out to friends or family who are interested in keeping a consistent workout schedule and either working out together or holding each other accountable is another great way to make sure you are exercising regularly.
Outside of the home, there are several snow-friendly activities to do. The average person’s step-per-day goal should be about 8,000 to 10,000 steps. By the end of a person’s lifetime, one should walk about 115,000 miles. This seems like a lot from this broader perspective, but this daily goal is achievable this winter if you are willing to try new things and be active. Outside winter activities include skiing, ice skating, sledding, snowshoeing, jogging, hiking, and walking. If you have children, many of these activities can be a great way to both get in some exercise and have fun with the entire family. Some of these activities can be enjoyed in your background or in a local park.
By 2040, there is estimated to be 14.1 million Americans aged 85 and above living, according to American Senior Communities. With this being said, don’t you want to be one of those people, and don’t you want to be active and healthy at age 85? Living a long life means you have to maintain your health now. Outside of eating healthy and exercising regularly, you should also be washing your hands frequently and getting as much sun as possible this winter. It is also important to stay hydrated and to take care of dry skin during the winter as well as receive any necessary vaccinations to ensure no one in your family gets sick.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle during the winter doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, it can be accompanied by new and tasty foods as well as fun and engaging activities for the entire family. With an abundance of food recipes and workout ideas at your fingertips, surely you will have some fun trying out some new foods and activities this winter.