Winter is that time of the year when Chai with a plate of piping hot pakodas and Samosas or eating heavy carbohydrate rich food is what our body urges for. In our last edition we talked about the food that is recommended during winters to avoid the weight gain. But there are other aspects of health that need to be looked into in order to stay healthy during winter.
First let’s look what are some of the things that we do differently in winter. Comparing our lifestyle at the moment, to what it’s like in summer, there is a big contrast.
The things we do differently in winter
In summers most of us are very active; with a lot of time spent outdoors in the morning and evening. Whether it’s going for an early morning walk or a swim in the pool; kids and elders are elders are seen more often enjoying outside. Plus in summer most people drink more water and eat lighter foods.
In contrast, during winters it’s dark in the mornings and days are shorter. That’s a good enough reason to stay tucked in our blankets. It’s hard to get motivated to go for the normal walk and it’s much easier to spend the evening huddled on the couch, in front of the TV with the heater on.
To add to this – we face the winter woes where people start coming down with winter colds. Everyone is coughing and sneezing on the bus in the morning and work colleagues are either off sick or quite under the weather. It’s little wonder so many people spend the winter feeling tired, lethargic and constantly sick. This is also called as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD
If this is you, then a few small changes to your normal winter routines can make a huge difference and keep you well over winter.
1. Be active
Rather than staying inside and dropping all exercise, it’s better to at least maintain some level of activity:
- If it’s too cold and dark to do your morning walk, then get out during your lunch-time for some sun-light. Stretch your legs for 20 minutes.
- Office goers can take stairs instead of the usual elevator.
- Avoid sleeping during day time as it promotes sluggishness
2. Drink and be hydrated
During summer we drink lots of water as the body clearly indicated that to us. However in winters- while our skin and body is hydrated we seldom feel thirsty. Also ,plain water doesn’t seem as attractive in winter.
But rather than dropping your liquid intake entirely, why not opt for tea, or keep those colds and flus at bay with a big pot of fresh ginger tea or green tea?
3. Nurture your health
It’s not a foregone conclusion that you’ll catch every single cold and virus that goes round. Instead, being well over winter is possible, but it involves looking after yourself. We had shared some food related tips in our last newsletter and it might be a god idea to look at them once again!