Ways To Stay Healthy In The Winter

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However much I love the winter months I know that they can play havoc on my skin and my general health because of the lack of sunshine, and the want for carb filled warm food’s all the damn time. There are so many things I know I should do differently in the winter time but here are my top tips to stay healthy:

Drink lots of water

I know my skin gets pretty dehydrated in the winter months due to the harsh cold weather and unlike summer when I’m boiling and downing bottles of water and squash it’s harder to remember in the winter months. I am lucky to be able to go home at lunchtime so I top my water bottle for the afternoon but it’s good to keep an eye on how much water you’re drinking to make sure you’re hydrated and your skin doesn’t get too dry.

Take Multi-Vitamins

In all honesty, the whole year round my body probably neglects a lot of the essential things it needs, but in the winter with less sunshine it’s even worse. I’ve been trying the

Use Sleep masks

Ever since discovering sleep masks earlier this year I have been obsessed as they’re such a godsend for my skin. I suffer from dry skin around my nose and because sleep masks are so nourishing they have kept it at bay and I have to be honest my skin is the best it’s ever been. The sleep masks I use are not heavy, not greasy, don’t come off on my bed sheets and sink into my skin so well (Origins Intensive Drink Up Mask, Tony Moly Panda Sleep Mask and the Sephora Sleep Masks).

Boost your diet

I know in the winter generally I want to eat is massive bowls of cheese filled pasta or pizza’s, pretty much anything with carbs in it that’s bad for me, but I know this isn’t good. In the winter we need to make sure that we still have our fruit and vegetables even if we’re not downing cold smoothies for breakfast or opting for salad’s at lunch time. Food such as stews and shepherd’s pie’s tend to be great for this as you can make a massive batch of them to last you, you can fill them full of vegetables and hide it alongside meat/ quorn and plenty of potatoes. Best of both worlds.

Stick to your exercise regime

I know in the winter the last thing I want to do is get up early when it’s still dark and do my yoga, or go to the gym after work when yet again it’s dark but maintaining your exercise regime is so important even if it’s just going for a walk. If you suddenly stop your exercise regime and then couple it with eating everything that’s bad for you you’ll ruin everything you’ve worked hard for all year. Trust me I’ve been there!

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Make sure you get enough sleep

It can be hard to know the time in the winter when it’s dark from around 5pm but make sure you get the same amount of sleep as you always get as if you lack sleep it decreases your immune system meaning you’re more susceptible to colds. Colds can be the bane of my life in the winter as there’s nothing attractive about someone who looks like Rudolph with a leaking nose. Sleep is good for you all year round so don’t neglect it in the winter.

Stay social

It isn’t just your physical body you need to keep healthy it’s your mind and mental body. In the summertime there’s always invites to the park/ pub gardens/ out for picnics/ trips to the beach etc, but none of these things seem quite as appealing when it’s grey and dark. Think of alternatives and fun things you can do inside such as hosting a dinner party, going to an indoor cinema event (there’s plenty on this year), or if you don’t mind the cold opt for one of the main ice skating rinks set up across the country.

How do you stay healthy in the winter?
December 1, 2016
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  • Savi and Vid

    Great ideas Rhian – I find it hard not to put on the pounds during the Holidays but I’ll try my best to stick to exercising and doing all the right things this year 😉

  • LaaLaa

    I like to up the vitamin uptake come winter and I agree with sleep masks so beneficial x

  • Winter can be so hard, so dark and gloomy for so much of the days. You have some good ideas here. Taking vitamin D supplements is always good during the winter, to help replace what we are not getting naturally from the sunlight.

  • Elodie

    I have to say, I always struggle with keeping up with my gym routine and my vitamin intake. I mean, it’s not exactly like pigs in blankets and chocolate has a lot of those in. And they don’t exactly make for the best pre workout either. Ha!

  • I need to stick to my exercise regime which I am failing at the moment nd drinking more water plus suppliments. Great post

  • Jo Wiggins

    I agree with the vitamins and drinking water, so important at this time of year x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    I need to exercise more and have started challenging my friend via our fitbit app. My sleep mask seems to have vanished, I must go and look in my children’s room as I bet they have it lol.

  • Great post, I always get a bit run down this time of year. Sucks!

  • I’ve always been against taking any sort of pills but this winter I’ve started taking vitamins because I simply don’t have time to risk getting ill! Work, work, work, work, work…

  • I have never tried a sleep mask before but I have been meaning to. I definitely need to drink more water.

  • Rachel Bee

    Such great tips! I’m terrible at drinking enough water. I do need to try a sleep mask too!

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    Lots of great tips! My top tip is to start every day with a cup of hot water, lemon, ginger and Manuka honey.

  • Amy Green

    Some great tips! I know I definitely need to drink more water and get more sleep haha :)

  • Louise

    There are some good points here, I’ve just come down with a horrid cold and I know it’s been from throwing myself into doing too much, doing double shifts, going out in the cold & not wrapping up warm & not eating properly/exercising. I’m just about starting to feel better, so soon I’ll be back to my regular routine of three meals a day and a couple of runs a week x

  • Sabeeka Lambe

    Lovely tips… Getting up early to keep up with the exercise routine is something i find difficult too …

  • Teresa Bowen

    Great tips, especially the one about staying social. Something I really need to work on.

  • Love this! My tip would be to try and get outdoors, even when it’s cold. The fresh air can work wonders for yor health.

  • Beautyqueenuk

    Some great tips and I drink a lot of water, around 2 litres a day actually and it does make such a difference x

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