Winter might be a season for hibernation for some animals, but humans must stay awake and active 365 days a year. With short winter days, it may be tempting to stay inside and on the couch, but you owe it to yourself and your long-term health to get a little exercise—even if it’s just a short walk around the block every day. This is especially true for seniors. Diet and exercise help keep your body fit and your mind sharp.
To help you stay healthy this winter, here are five easy tips to get through the season:
1. Take advantage of gym membership specials.
Gym owners know people make New Year’s resolutions to exercise more, which means a constellation of potential customers are shopping around for memberships. To take advantage of this influx, gyms often offer great specials such as one month free or no signup fee.
2. Take the stairs whenever possible.
Of course, you don’t have to become a gym rat to stay healthy. A long walk every day can do wonders for your physical and mental well-being. One way to get in a few extra steps is to take the stairs rather than the elevator. In addition to the stairs, consider parking across the lot rather than trying to eagle-eye that primo space by the entrance. Your heart will thank you for the walk across the parking lot and up the stairs.
3. Eat fistfuls of fruits and veggies.
Exercise alone isn’t enough to keep you healthy all winter long. A balanced diet low in processed sugars and saturated fat is another key to feeling your best. With that in mind, you really can’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. Dieticians recommend thinking of these servings by the fist. Not only are fistfuls of green beans or asparagus or berries filling, they’re also packed with nutrients and antioxidants to give your body a little pep.
4. Switch from soda to water.
Diet, caffeine-free soft drinks abound in today’s world, but there’s still no substitute for good old-fashioned H2O. There’s no harm in a small indulgence every day, but if your go-to beverage is a bottle of something bubbly, try switching over to water. Along with giving your body what it needs, you’ll also save money.
5. Get outside during the day.
We’ve all heard about SAD—seasonal affective disorder—and if you work in a windowless office, life can get a little grim during the winter. Be sure to step outside during winter’s limited daylight hours. Even if it’s just for a few minutes, you’ll be amazed by that little dose of fresh air and, if the sun is shining, the shot of vitamin D.
Finally, just remember, winter is only a season, and it’s already well underway. In six weeks or so, the days will be longer and warmer, and we can start gearing up for spring.
Posted on Mon, January 30, 2017
by Becca H