How can we say healthy during Winter

September 07, 2020

Health & Wellbeing

It's that time of year where we can feel the days getting shorter, the air getting cooler and that sense of knowing Winter is just around the corner!

With the world seeming to feel different in so many ways right now and our behaviours having to change we need to focus on our health and what we can do to ensure we stay fit and healthy during the winter months to make our body stronger, our immunity to bugs strengthened and our state of mind as positive and stress free as possible.

Here's just a few things we think will help. You decide what works for you but please remember how important it is to do everything we can to improve our wellbeing.

1) From our point of view as fitness focused individuals exercising is one of the most important things you can do. This can be anything from walking, running, cycling, playing golf to skipping. Anything you can do to move your body, whatever your age. We provide a load of events and challenges and even if we are unable to offer live events we will always promote virtual challenges for free.

2) Set yourself a goal or challenge and that may be an event with us or just to complete a number of steps throughout the month. A great number per day is 10,000. We don't want to hear any excuses, whether it's cold, windy, wet. Put on your jacket, take your umbrella and get outdoors!

3) Fresh air is so important. Do not stay indoors all day. You need to get outside and see the daylight even if the sun isn't shining!

4) Start getting your vitamins, vitamin C and D.

Vitamin D is important to keep our bones and muscles healthy and is primarily made by a reaction in our skin to sunlight. However during the winter months (October-March) in the UK, sunlight doesn't contain enough UVB radiation to make vitamin D and we must rely on getting it from food and supplements. Foods that contain vitamin D include oily fish, red meat and eggs, but as only a small amount of vitamin D is found in these products, it's a good idea to start taking vitamin D tablets (check with your pharmacist the correct dose to take)

5) Make sure you get enough sleep and remember to stop looking at any screens at least 45 minutes before you sleep (that is difficult we know) but it will help. And remember the more you move and exercise the likelihood is that will help you sleep better.

6) Eat well! Do your very best to get a good range of foods, plenty of fruit and your 5 a day! Try to eat fresh food and use fresh products to make your meals. As much as possible stay away from packaged and processed food. Maybe treat yourself to a takeaway or to chocolate just once a week. Remember your diet is so important and spend more time researching how easy it is to cook quick and healthly meals.

7) Get social. Ok in these times we are told to social distance but it is so important to communicate with people. If you can't see your family or friends for any reason make sure to call them. Talking is great and we need that interaction. If you can meet up with family or friends definitely do so and maybe arrange a long walk and be active at the same time as being social!

8) Try not to get too stressed. Stress is such a bad thing. It's so hard but when life is tough we all feel stressed. If you do feel this way call someone, share the burden, share your thoughts, let out your emotions! It really does help to speak and open up. Holding in any issues you have is not healthy and contributes to us getting sick so please don't hold issues within. We should always be here to support and listen to our family or friends!!

9) Smile, laugh and don't take the madness around us too seriously. What's the point!

Well that's a few thoughts from us and we hope that helps in some way? There's always more ideas out there but this is what we will try and do and if it helps you in just a small way then that is awesome! Want to contact us about anything? Please feel free to email us at info@thefixuk.com

Look after yourself and anyone you know that needs that support!

Stay healthy keep fit keep running vitamin d vitamin c

Stay healthy keep fit keep running vitamin d vitamin c

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