“Winter is not a season, It’s a celebration”
Winter season has arrived and it will usually last about three months from now. Waking up late in the morning, covering yourself all-day in the blankets and quilts, every time asking for tea and wearing woolen clothes well describe winter season😀. But winter is also responsible for various changes in your health condition. Cold -cough, skin dryness, more severe asthma, arthritis, high blood sugar levels and chances of heart attack increase. Apart from this, many health problems occurs which depends on the food we are eating. Therefore we need to increase the consumption of water, warm drinks, winter fruits and vegetables and healthy and proper meal to stay healthy in winter.
Winter storms and cold temperatures can be dangerous. Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us may not be ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you are more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall. According to health reports, heart attack risk increases by 50%, 40 to 60% of people have high chances of getting cold and flu. Often, exercise is sacrificed to spend a warm night on the couch. With shorter days and colder weather, finding the motivation to stay healthy and fit can be difficult for everyone.
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Thus we are here to ensure you to stay healthy, fit and safe this holiday season.
Hence, in our article, discussing some tips, how to stay healthy and fit during the winter season. Even when your body is telling you to lie dormant, you can boost your health, no matter what the weather’s like.
1. Maintain Proper Diet
As winter arrives, it brings many juicy fruits like o fresh Oranges, Grapefruit, kiwi, Pomegranates to hydrate your body as you drink less water in winter. Also, green vegetables come in abundance. Broccoli, Carrot and Cauliflower are great winter vegetables and highly rich in protein. You can easily maintain a proper diet in winter by including these fruits in breakfast and vegetables at lunch.
Eating green vegetables like Spinach, Fenugreek, Bottle Gourd, etc are rich in Vitamin A and are healthy during the winter. Start eating fiber-rich food items such as apples, oats and nuts as they decrease inflammation and boost the immune system. Involving winter fruits and vegetables in your diet also reduces cholesterol, decreases weight and helps to maintain diabetes. In winter, the high-fiber diet improves digestion.
2. Do Workout At Home
Tired and sluggish behavior in the winter season is very common. Reduced physical activities due to holidays and of course the cold atmosphere are the main reasons. But everyone needs to maintain fitness. In the winter, we consume more unhealthy food. The chilly and unpleasant weather can also make it difficult to gyming or head outdoors for exercises.
So in winter, to nullify extra calories, you should workout at home to stay fit. Performing light exercises and yoga at home either regularly or even 2 to 3 times a week is sufficient. Remember that, maintaining a diet without workout or exercise is worthless. Although you may get surprised by how much active you feel after doing any kind of physical activity. Even, the afternoon workout may help to reduce fatigue and also improve your sleep.
3. Drink Herbal Tea & Vegetable Soup
Craving for hot tea and drinking 3-4 cups of tea is normal during the winter season. But it is not recommended by doctors and it may lead to acidity and other health issues. Instead of normal tea, you can consider herbal tea or green tea which has many health benefits. Herbal teas like lemon and chamomile can reduce emotional stress and anxiety by calming nerves and relaxing your body. They can also help you sleep better.
Similarly, vegetable soups act as immunity booster during winter. Soup helps in reducing sicknesses such as flu and the common cold. According to nutritionists, hot soup can increase your body temperature to warm you inside out. If you are a non-veg lover then you can opt for Chicken and Paya Soup as well.
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4. Eat Omega 3 Rich Food
Changing season may cause seasonal affective disorder (SAD) especially in winter. Feeling low, lack of concentration, fatigue and less social interaction are common symptoms. By consuming omega 3 fatty acids in winter can help in reducing all these problems. Omega 3 fatty acids are a healthy type of fat that is naturally found in many food types including fish, flax seeds, salmon and walnuts.
Omega 3 fatty acids are great for reducing joint pain and stiffness in cold weather. Moreover, Omega 3 fatty acids help lower levels of depression, which people commonly feel during the shorter days of winter.
5. Increase Vitamin C & D Intake
During winter, our body is more prone to cold and flu than any other season. Consuming lots of vitamin C rich fruits like oranges during the winter will help your body to battle cold and flu symptoms. Vitamin C helps in reducing tiredness while building immunity during winter.
Likewise, Vitamin D known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ helps to supplement the lack of light in winter. It helps to absorb other important vitamins like Vitamin A, iron and calcium. Your body can also absorb vitamin D through food. Food sources of vitamin D include milk, egg yolks, mushrooms and fish that have bones.
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6. Limit Your Carb Craving
Craving for Hot Pakodas with masala tea, Fenu Greek Parthas, Samosa and french fries are natural. The cold season increases our cravings for more carbs and comfort foods. But, after consuming these delicious treats, have you ever think of the adverse effects on your health? All these oily and fried food contains fat and carbohydrates. This can also increase your cholesterol and aids in weight gain. To combat your craving for carbs, try eating a protein-packed breakfast to keep your energy levels up throughout the day. In the afternoon, if you’re still craving for sweets or carbs, take have low-fat and healthy snacks on hand. You can try nut waffles, banana chips, roasted chickpeas and peanuts.
So by concluding we can say that, stay healthy this winter by following these tips. Our tips can be easy to implement and keep you fit during winter. Enjoy your winter vacations to the fullest but remember to keep your health in priority.