How to stay Healthy in the Winter

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How to stay Healthy in the Winter

How to stay Healthy in the Winter

Added 1629 days ago. 30 October 2019

As we grow older, it can be harder to stay healthy in winter. We find that we don’t bounce out of bed or recover from coughs and colds like we used to, especially in the colder months.

Read our guide for preventative measures and tips on staying healthy during winter months..

Top Tips: How To Stay Healthy

Get Your Flu Jab

You can receive your flu jab from your pharmacy or doctors surgery and they are available annually from late September. It takes up to 10 days to take effect, so don’t put it off, as having the flu jab will reduce the risk of serious illness during cold winter months. 

Don’t forget to wash your hands regularly too – particularly before eating, to avoid spreading germs and reduce the risk of catching flu.

Eat One Hot Meal A Day

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Enjoy Activities and Regular Exercise

Try to keep moving; encouraging the circulatory system is key to staying healthy in winter. Light excesses, such as walking, or joining a group class is a great way to stay fit, healthy and warm. 

Dance, walk, or just have a good stretch every hour to keep your body moving regularly. 

Banish Winter Blues

It’s no surprise that we feel sluggish, tired or a bit down in the winter months. When the weather is miserable, it can affect our mood too! 

Keep Warm, Keep Well

From the age of 55 we lose around 1% of muscle mass every year, which has a detrimental effect on our ability to regulate our body temperature, as well as our heart and blood circulation. Meaning hands and feet are especially vulnerable to the cold, making it harder to keep warm in the winter months.

Keeping your home warm is essential to avoid sitting in a cold environment for long periods of time, as this will raise the blood pressure as the body tries to keep warm.

The ideal room temperature should be about 21 degrees in your living room and about 18 degrees in your bedroom. A hot-water bottle or electric blanket will also help to keep chills at bay.

If you’re going for a walk wrap up with layers to trap warm air in – wear gloves, a hat and a chunky scarf is a clever way to warm the air you are breathing in when outdoors. However, if you if you have a heart or respiratory problem, always stay indoors during very cold weather. Keep comfy blankets nearby to keep legs protected from drafts at home too. 

Summary of Top Tips for a Healthy Winter

Staying on top of your health during cold winter months can be helped by following our top tips:
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• Get the flu jab for free on the NHS (if applicable)
• Wear several layers of clothes rather than thick layer to help maintain body heat
• Use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed 
• Have at least 1 hot meal a day as eating regularly helps keep you warm
• Keep active and try not to sit still for more than an hour 
• Stay warm outdoors with a scarf, hat and gloves 
• If your health is vulnerable always stay indoors during very cold weather
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Checking in on those who are vulnerable

Keeping warm in winter and staying healthy is an important task.If you are vulnerable ask for help. Or know someone who may be, keep a close eye on them during the harsh winter months. 

Furthermore, if you or someone you know start to feel unwell, it is always a good idea to seek help from your pharmacist before your condition deteriorates