Kids love winter. After all, winter means snow days. And holidays. And presents. What’s not to love?
Well, most adults don’t particularly care for winter. It’s cold, snowy, it coincides with the flu season, and, in general, it’s very difficult to make healthy choices during this time of year. Thankfully, it is still possible to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle during the winter months (even if it’s not easy). Here’s how:
Maximize Daylight Hours
Days are short and nights are long in winter. If you’re like most people, then you’re most productive and active when you get plenty of sunlight. This is true both for both working at the office and working out at the gym. Given that fact, it’s a smart play to make as much use of available daylight hours as you can. It can be very difficult to exercise after the sun has gone down, so try to schedule workouts during the day.
Sweat the Microscopic Stuff
As mentioned above, winter is the time of year when influenza is most prevalent. That’s why it’s important to get a flu shot sometime in November –– especially if you spend a lot of time around children or the elderly. What’s more, washing your hands and practicing good hygiene will help halt the spread of bacteria and reduce your chances of getting ill.
Manage Your Portions
Thanksgiving and Christmas are two holidays associated with lots of food. Unfortunately, some people may feel “forced” into eating unhealthy meals during these holidays. On the other hand, you can manage your portions closely so that you don’t go overboard. What’s more, sticking to a diet most days through the winter will allow you to indulge a bit more when the holidays roll around.
Talk to Your Doctor
Believe it or not, plenty of young people go years without scheduling an appointment with their doctor or speaking with a medical professional at all. This is patently unwise. If it’s been over nine months since you’ve had a checkup, schedule one ASAP. Furthermore, if you’re concerned about your health and wellness –– or suspect that you may have an infection –– don’t wait another minute. Find local testing near you and speak with a medical professional right away.
Winter can be a gloomy, stressful time period. In order to combat end-of-the-year malaise, do your best to schedule activities and events in your calendar that give you joy. By focusing on the positive, you can improve your attitude and feel better as a result. Never underestimate the power of a little positivity!