Winter is certainly on its way and with the clocks changing at the end of October, the days will get shorter and the weather will get decidedly colder.
Here we offer some useful tips for staying healthy and warding off aches and pains during the long winter months ahead:
Boost your diet
Maintaining a good diet can play a key factor in boosting your body through the winter period and helping to keep you fit and healthy, so eating plenty of nutritious and hearty meals such as casseroles and curries is a great start when looking to boost your body.
Also make sure to eat plenty of foods that are high in Vitamin C (commonly found in fresh fruits such as oranges and tomatoes but also in wide range of veggies such as broccoli and peas) which helps to boost the immune system and the efficiency with which our body heals.
It’s often difficult to get up and go during those cold winter months, but maintaining a regular exercise routine is really important. Research has shown that exercising helps to strengthen the immune system, allowing us the fight off bacterial and viral infections that commonly occur in the winter.
Exercising through the colder months also helps us avoid gaining ‘winter weight’ caused by decreased activity, which can of course cause increased pressure on the muscles and joints. If you can, try to work out outside as often as possible too, as sunlight is an essential source of Vitamin D.
Get plenty of sleep
Enjoying a good quality of sleep and plenty of it is really important during the winter months. The rest and recuperation gained during sleep allows our bodies to heal and repair, so we should be aiming to get between 7 to 8 hours each night during the winter.
Lack of sleep can suppress the immune system and studies have shown that people who fail to get quality sleep or enough sleep are more vulnerable to becoming sick after being exposed to viruses such as the common cold. A sleep deficit can also affect how fast you recover if you do become unwell.
If you’d like to find out how osteopathy can help your body to stay healthy during the winter months, please contact our friendly team today!