Many people experience a dip in energy levels in the winter. This is due to lack of sunlight which limits the amount of vitamin D our body absorbs and disruption of our natural sleep patterns due to an unclear distinction between night and day.

Often it seems to be the case that we leave home in the morning when it’s dark only to return eight hours later in the dark. Our bodies feel like hibernating and even having the energy to do simple tasks becomes a chore.

There are ways we can try to combat this lack of energy and stay healthy during the winter months. The following five tips will help your family to stay fit and well.

Get outdoors

Try to spend as much time as possible outside in natural daylight. This will help to regulate your body clock as well as lift your mood. If you have to spend most of your day indoors, make the effort to go for a short walk at lunchtime. Weekends could be spent with your family on winter walks. The countryside can be stunning in the winter.

Eat healthily

We are naturally drawn to eat starchy, fatty foods in the winter as they are warming and comforting. However it is still important to ensure that you eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. This doesn’t have to be in the form of salads, which aren’t as appealing in the cold, vegetables can be made into soups or they can taste wonderful roasted. Fruit never seems to lose it’s appeal and citrus fruits are in season during winter months, which is convenient as they are packed with vitamin C, great for warding off colds. Sometimes despite eating a healthy diet we may still feel a little below par, home tests are available to buy such as the siemens multistix 10 sg which will give an indicator on your body’s general health. Your medical practitioner should always be your first point of call.

Increase Immunity

As soon as central heating systems get turned on in our homes the incidence of coughs, colds and influenza increases. This is due to the warmth of our houses being an ideal breeding ground for bacteria to multiply.It is important to look after our immunity in order to ward off infection. This isn’t an exact science, but we can help by eating healthily, include dairy in our diets, take a daily multi vitamin supplement and consider having a flu vaccination. It is also good practice to make sure the whole family wash their hands regularly.

Exercise

Although you may feel like curling up on the sofa with a good book in the winter, it is actually more important than ever to exercise. Exercise helps to boost our immunity, as well as it releases endorphins into our bloodstream which makes us feel good.

Relaxation

Find a form of relaxation that suits you. Swimming, massage therapy, yoga, meditation , aromatherapy and walking in daylight hours will all help to relax you, improve mental health and increase immunity.

Hopefully by following these tips you and your family will enjoy good health this winter.

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