Stay active and healthy this winter

Stay active and healthy this winter

Using Ned Stark’s famous words, winter is coming.

Well technically it is already here… and while the Gladstone Region doesn’t get as cold as the Kingdom of the North (I hope you’re all following my Game of Thrones references), it can get a tad chilly during the winter months, with a mean minimum temperature of 12 degrees in July.

Although it might be tempting to curl up on the couch under some blankets watching Netflix (sorry no GoT reruns on there), it is important to stay active and healthy during the winter months.

 

Here are our top tips for staying healthy this winter:

  1. Be proactive and get the flu shot. Peak flu season is generally June to September.
  2. Stock up on those immune boosting foods, and make sure you get enough:
    • Vitamin C – include 2-3 serves of high vitamin C fruit and veg every day.
    • Vitamin A – found in eggs, dairy, oily fish, and orange coloured veg.
    • Zinc & Iron – good sources include red meat, poultry, eggs, wholegrains, nuts, and legumes.
  3. Stay hydrated. Feeling hot is often a trigger for us to drink, but it’s just as important to stay hydrated when it’s cold and aim for about two litres of water a day.
  4. Sit less and stay active. Be sure to warm up before you start exercising – it can take a little longer for your joints to loosen up when it’s cold.
  5. Sleep well. Proper sleep – eight hours for adults – can keep the body’s immune system healthy and fight off colds.
  6. Reduce your alcohol consumption. Alcohol can influence our mood, sleep, and energy levels. Why not sign up for Dry July this winter, and raise funds for Queenslanders affected by cancer?
  7. Practise simple good hygiene. This will help stop the spread of colds and the flu.
    • Wash your hands regularly, and particularly before preparing food.
    • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
    • Keep your spit to yourself and avoid sharing cups and cutlery.
    • If you’re sick, stay home and keep the germs to yourself.
  8. Get some Vitamin D. We tend to get less sun in winter, which can lead to less production of vitamin D – which is crucial for bone health and general wellbeing.