Keep warm, and look after yourself this winter.
I hope everyone is keeping rugged up in this cold weather! It’s also that time of year where winter colds can start bringing us down and make us feel like staying huddled inside with our box of tissues and feeling sorry for ourselves! It would be nice to avoid them and there are a couple of simple things you can do to try and keep those colds and flu at bay.
Firstly, even though it’s cold outside, you still want to ensure you incorporating moderate exercise into your daily routine – exercise really is a proven immune booster! Moderate exercise, like taking a couple of classes, playing a sport, or even something like a brisk walking, for 45 minutes a day, five days a week can reduce risk of a cold by a third and the best results are achieved if you do this long-term.
Apart from exercise, the other top tips for keeping well this winter are:
Eat and sleep for health – it’s not only exercise that keeps colds away, you also need to eat right and get plenty of sleep. That, along with exercise and stress reduction, keeps your immune system healthy and better able to withstand infection. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits that offer antioxidants and try to get 7-8 hours sleep a night.
Wash your hands thoroughly – use warm water and a good helping of soap. Plain soap is fine, because it’s the act of rubbing the hands together for at least 20 seconds that is going to eliminate germs. Don’t forget to clean under the nails, between the fingers, and wrists.
Don’t touch your face – without thinking, we rub our eyes, cover our mouths, or rub our noses with our hands. That is a sure way to infect yourself (or others) with the cold virus. Keep your fingers away from your nose and your eyes to avoid spreading infection. Cough or sneeze into your elbows or a tissue, not your hands.
Teach prevention hygiene to your kids – children share cold viruses easily and bring them into your home. Teach your child to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow and teach them to wash their hands.