Staying healthy in the winter
by Shelley Langenhorst
Just because the temps are frigid and the roads are snowy, that doesn’t mean you should abandon your healthy lifestyle. It takes a little extra effort in the winter, but you are most definitely worth it.
Check out our easy tips for staying healthy this winter.
Don’t forget to hydrate
Drinking water is second nature in warmer temperatures; sweating reminds us to drink up and replace lost fluids. But when the temps drop, we tend to forget – or not realize – that we need just as much water to keep ourselves healthy. Even more so when the weather gets extremely dry.
Don’t forget to drink half of your body weight in ounces per day (more if you are active). Try a water purifying system at home and consider investing in a filtered portable bottle like this Cambelbak water bottle with a built-in filter from REI. You can fill it up anywhere and enjoy purified water from the gym to the slopes.
Escape from dry air
With cold temps and little moisture in the air, wintertime can be a pain for our skin, hair and health. Sore throats and dried-up sinuses can be painful, and hair with extreme static cling can be plain annoying.
Instead of boiling a pot of water on the stove and hoping it helps, place a small electric humidifier in your bedroom and run it while you sleep. The moisture in the air will help your skin and hair feel summer healthy.
Protect yourself from the sun
Winter days are shorter and often overcast. Just because you can’t see – or feel – the sun does not mean it isn’t doing damage to your skin. Keep up your beauty routine year round for proper skin protection.
Your face is especially important, as it’s the most exposed region of skin during the wintertime. Not only will you avoid unnecessary wrinkles in the future, but you will help make sure to keep your skin safe from melanoma as well.
Cold temperatures and snowy landscapes aren’t free passes to skip exercise all winter long. It’s important to stay active for your health and happiness. Get a gym membership and bring your runs indoors or try out new classes.
Consider snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or even ice skating for active outdoor winter fun that the whole family will enjoy.
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