Healthy Living Tips for Winter
Ready for a positive spin on winter? Okay, here it comes. With all the time you spend indoors here in North Central Massachusetts, you have more time to unwind, catch up on your reading, and otherwise take a breather from your busy lifestyle.
That doesn’t sound so awful, does it? Still, you know what they say about “too much of a good thing”, even when that good thing is rest and relaxation. So yes, give your mind and body a break, but follow these common-sense tips for staying healthy, too.
Supplements: Vitamin D helps fend off infections, decrease joint pain, control blood sugars, and may even help prevent certain cancers. With fewer winter daylight hours, you’ll benefit even more from vitamin D supplement.
Plants: The more time you spend indoors, the less connected you are to nature. Adding plants to your living environment can help. Plus, certain varieties of house plants effectively remove bacteria and other pollutants from indoor air. These include Boston Ivy, Aloe Vera, Spider Plants, and several others.
Diet: Winter tends to ignite our cravings for more carbs and comfort foods. Why? After you consume delicious treats, your serotonin levels rise, thus creating exaggerated feelings of happiness. As the day wears on, your mind craves even more carbs. To counter this, try eating a protein-packed breakfast to keep your energy levels up throughout the day. If by the time the afternoon rolls around you’re still craving sweets or carbs, be sure to have low-fat and healthy snacks on hand.
Dry skin: Handwashing is always a great way to stop the spread of germs and viruses but, with dryer indoor air during the winter, it also can be tough on your skin. So, after washing your hands, apply a soothing lotion.
Exercise: It may be harder to exercise during the winter, but it’s far from impossible. Join a gym or purchase a simple exercise mat and engage in a vigorous daily workout. Get your kids involved, too, as staying active strengthens everyone’s immune systems, helps prevent winter weight gain, and fights off winter depression.
Winter also will pass more quickly with a problem-free heating system. That’s where we come in: Correct Temp Heating & Air Conditioning. We’re your local full-service indoor comfort specialists. Why not contact us today to schedule a heating system cleaning and inspection. You’ll appreciate the added comfort, convenience, energy savings, and peace of mind.