6 Healthy Living Tips for the Winter

6 Healthy Living Tips for the Winter

A better diet and a little more exercise – leading a healthy lifestyle are simple if you follow one step at a time.

Who has time for self-care between the holidays, stress, and the post-holidays, even more stress?

You have it! You can be nice to yourself this winter – and all year – if you make a resolution to follow these six food, exercise, and lifestyle suggestions.

1. Yogurt’s Health Benefits

It’s creamy, smooth, and flavorful, and it could be the miracle food you’ve been looking for. According to research, a simple container of yogurt may:

  • Assist in the prevention of osteoporosis
  • Lower your chances of developing high blood pressure.
  • Assist with gastrointestinal issues such as inflammatory bowel disease and constipation

Are you ready to take a few cartons of delicious yogurt home with you? When shopping for yogurt, look for low-fat varieties with active cultures and vitamin D, and keep an eye on the sugar amount.

2. Assist with Holiday Heartburn

Do you have heartburn around the holidays? Help is on the way! If you follow these tips, you can prevent a burn from occurring:

Enjoy your favorite meals, but do so in moderation. There’s no need to pile on the treats (or return for seconds and thirds!). Heartburn is significantly more likely when you stuff your stomach.

3. Goodbye, Holiday Cold Sores

Holidays: That hectic time for toasting the new year, indulging in seasonal treats, staying up late — and getting cold sores?

You can be your own worst enemy if you’re more prone to cold sores (also known as fever blisters) during the frantic holiday season. Lack of sleep, excessive alcohol or sugar consumption, stress, and intimate physical touch (think auntie’s smooches) can all contribute to outbreaks.

So, to keep your kisser free of cold sores this year — or to avoid spreading your cold sores on to others — follow these guidelines:

  • Don’t overindulge in holiday treats; stick to a healthy diet.
  • Make sure you get enough of rest.
  • Make sure you wash your hands.
  • Apply glutathione lightening body lotion.
  • Never share food or drink containers with others.
  • Throw away used tissues.

4. Use Meditation to De-Stress

The terrible weather, the slower pace of the season, and work: It might be time to close your eyes, breathe… and get a bit repetitive if this time of year has your stress meter skyrocketing.

The relaxing power of meditation is based on repetition. The simple process of clearing your mind, concentrating on your breathing, and repeating a single word or phrase activates your body’s natural relaxation reaction.

And meditation can do a lot more than just make you feel better. It may help lower blood pressure, enhance immunity, lessen PMS symptoms, and even aid infertility and the delivery of a new mother’s milk, according to research.

5. Make Family Workouts a Winter Tradition

Grandparents are visiting, there is a slew of kids running around, and you’re wondering how you’ll fit in a fast winter workout. Here’s an idea: Why not get the whole family engaged in these basic workouts?

Walking is suitable for both young and old and can be done at a slow or fast pace. To get the gang back on their feet, try the following suggestions:

  • Go to the mall and do laps. If you go shopping, bring your own bags and unpack them in the car after each stop.
  • Make the walk appear to be something else. Throw a ball, hurl a Frisbee, or take the dog to the park while strolling.
  • Take a walk to your favorite neighborhood eatery instead of driving.
  • Participate in a holiday fundraising event, such as the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk.

Make your living room into a gym.

Why not sneak in a little calorie burn while everyone is on the couch chatting or watching TV?

  • Perform crunches: Sit on the edge of the sofa with your hands at your sides, then bend your knees and lift them toward your chest.
  • Leg lifts: Start in the same position as before, but instead of bending your legs, lift them straight up.
  • Trim your triceps by doing dips off the side of the couch.
  • Curl a bottle of water or a can of soda to strengthen your biceps.

6. Consume regionally

Although organic is today’s healthy-eating buzzword, don’t forget about this phrase: eat locally.

Some nutritionists believe that eating locally is just as important as eating organically. That’s because the length of time it took for the food to get from farm to table is an important component in its nutritious profile: For example, a locally cultivated head of lettuce may be more nutrient-dense than one imported from coast to coast.

Is this to say that when pesticide-free foods are available, you should avoid them? No, but it’s a good idea to leave room on your plate for locally farmed foods as well, even if they aren’t organically grown. When possible, eat locally and organically.

Joining a CSA is a simple way to have fresh, local, and typically organic food on the table (community-supported agriculture). CSAs assist you in developing a relationship with a local farm, which then provides you with fresh, local food, as well as milk, eggs, and cheese. Some of them are also open all year. LocalHarvest.org can help you find a CSA near you.

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