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How to improve your health this winter

As we get into the lateral months of the year it seems more important than ever to look after our health. With the cold weather drawing in, the cold and flu are becoming more common and it’s only a matter of time before we all have our fair share of the flu. In the winter feeling tired and sluggish is natural due to the lack of sunlight, which disrupts our sleep and waking cycle, this means we must come up with ways to battle these feelings. The flu and common cold may seem harmless to some, however it’s estimated that the flu hospitalises 380,000 people worldwide every year. Especially with the latest covid 19 battle we need to make sure that we all especially now more than ever stay fighting fit in order to battle any of these diseases. In order to stay healthy this winter follow our three top tips.

Eat more fruit and veg

When it’s dark outside, finding motivation to eat healthy can be hard and it can be tempting to fill up on unhealthy food, or even order a takeaway at the simple click of a button. Therefore, we need to stay healthy by consuming 5 portions of fruit and veg a day to ensure that we get the vital vitamins and minerals necessary for our harsh winters. Digestion improvement, lower calorie intake and lower cancer risk are just some of the benefits with consuming these healthy goodies.

An easy and popular way of getting your five a day in has to be smoothies! A blender is definitely a must for this as smoothies can also be healthy. A personal favourite is my two-minute breakfast smoothie which contains oats, banana, strawberries and a touch of honey. It’s quick easy and you can even consume it on the way to the office when you’re in a rush in the morning and even better it contributes to your five a day. When your on your break or when you’re at your desk you can always bring fruit in and consume throughout the day to keep you from any craving temptations.

Keep Active

Don’t use the cold weather as an excuse for not keeping active. Instead, use the opportunity to try a new activity such as going for a run to get the fresh cold air into your lungs. Or if this is a bit extreme a nice walk in the park with a friend is a nice way to catchup and unwind. In the office a great way to get your steps in is to go on a nice stroll in your lunch break, even a run or cycle to and from work is a great way to fit in your daily exercise without taking time out a busy schedule. If you have more free time then going to the gym is great although, getting into a gym can seem daunting but it’s very rewarding with many health benefits. Regular exercise helps control your weight, boost your immune system and is a good way to have a break from always being inside.

 

Eating a Good Breakfast

In the dark mornings with an early start, it can sometimes be difficult to fit in breakfast and I’m even guilty of missing this vital meal myself. After all they do say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, eating a bowl of warm porridge is a perfect way to start a cold winters morning, it helps boost your intake of starchy foods and fibre. Oats give you energy and vitamins to last the morning and help with the mid-morning snack temptations as we are all guilty of eyeing up the snack drawer when we miss breakfast. A perfect porridge recipe is 50g oats, 350ml of semi-skimmed milk, topped with Greek yoghurt a touch of honey and sliced banana to wake up the tastebuds.