We’ve all been focused on our personal health this year in one way or another. And with flu season coming, not to mention the continuing threat of COVID-19, it’s as good a time as any to think about ways to maintain good health. Here are a few healthy living tips that you and your family can practice this winter.
It’s hard to think of an easier way to stay healthy and boost your immune system than by eating well. Adults should eat at least five portions, or around 400 grams, of fruits and vegetables per day. You should also consume a varied diet with whole grains, nuts, and legumes. This gives your body the right balance of nutrients that it needs. And you can give your immune system an extra boost during flu season with antioxidant-rich foods like blueberries, grapes, and green leafy vegetables like kale or collard greens.
Drink plenty of water.
Just because it’s not as hot outside as it was in the summer doesn’t mean your water consumption should go down. Drinking plenty of water is key to good health — it’s beneficial for almost every bodily system and function. Try to stick to water and keep sugary soft drinks, coffee, and fruit juice to a minimum.
Stay physically active.
A person who doesn’t get enough exercise is at a higher risk for all sorts of health problems. Keep your body in tip-top shape by getting plenty of physical activity. While the exact amount of exercise you need can vary widely depending on your particular circumstance, it’s recommended that adults between the age of 18 and 64 get around 150 minutes of moderately intense physical activity per week.
Maintain your mental health.
Did you know that maintaining your mental health is often just as important for you as physical health? If you’re overworked, stressed, and tired constantly, it will start to take a toll on your physical well-being soon enough. Be sure to get enough sleep and maintain a good work/life balance. Do things you love, and spend time with those you care about. These simple steps will keep you feeling great!
Staying Healthy Starts With You
Don’t let cold and flu season affect you or your family this year. Give yourself the best chance at staying healthy — practice simple tips like those described above and see how you feel this winter.