Fit, Trim, and Healthy. Though these three concepts are commonly related, they do not all describe the same experience. Those who are healthy are not always fit or trim. Those who are trim are not always healthy. Not all of us want to be all three of these things at the same time, but plenty of people do. It can be hard to maintain great health during a long cold Canadian winter. But it is possible with planning and a little extra effort. Here are a few ways stay healthy over the winter.
Tips to Stay Fit Over the Winter
1. Prioritize Warmth and Not Getting Sick
There are two main reasons why we get sick in the winter more often than in the rest of the year.
1) When our body temperatures drop while we’re outside in cold weather (Especially if we’re wet), it lowers that power of our immune systems. Immune systems weakened, we get sick more often.
2) Everybody is inside more often. Pressed together, it’s easy for germs and viruses to get spread around with coughs, sneezes, and unwashed hands. To protect yourself during this vulnerable time, get your flu shot, invest in a very warm winter coat or parka, and wash your hands more often that you normally good.
2. Resist the Urge to Bulk Up
It is a natural cycle for mammals to pack on the pounds during the winter to stay warm. But because you are not a bear or a beaver, you don’t have to follow this particular instinct in order to survive the hard winter months. If you have unwanted bulk, a membership at the gym including a virtual session, an exercise regimen, or body contouring procedure can help you achieve the silhouette you want. If you already applied step one (Above), you’ll already have an awesome warm coat or parka to keep your body temperature up without packing on extra pounds.
3. Take a Complete Multivitamin
It’s very easy to go off the deep end with supplements. That’s not what we’re suggesting you do. However, if you are an adult, chances are you need regular supplementation of one or more vitamins. A quality multivitamin should be part of your regimen every day. You’ll notice the difference. Make sure you pick a vitamin that is made of food-based nutrients. Your body will be able to absorb these easily. There are plenty of lesser quality multivitamins which are made with synthetic materials that can’t be absorbed by your body.
There are many vitamins, especially vitamin D and some of the B vitamins, which your body won’t produce in sufficient amounts during the winter. Without these, your immune system and energy levels won’t be high enough and you’re liable to get sick and have you scheduling a trip to the doctor.
It’s challenging to stay trim, fit, and healthy during a long, hard Canadian winter. It’s easy to neglect your health, especially when it’s cold, dark, and wet outside. Don’t let these conditions grind you down. There are plenty of ways to maintain great health even when the conditions are harsh. These steps alone should do a lot to help you achieve and maintain your goals.