6 Healthy Winter Habits

 
 
During the winter we tend to overeat and spend too much time indoors.  We also go to bed earlier than our normal time and then wake up later due to the long winter nights.  For those cold days, we drink more coffee and tea and not enough water.  Here are 6 healthy habits you can do to stay happy and healthy during the winter months.

  1. Don't hide from the outside -- Get outside each day for some light.  Getting out in the sun helps to keep your spirits up and your weight down.  Some ways to get outside in the winter are:  go for a walk, play in the snow, shovel the driveway and walk ways, decorate your house for the holidays, and play with the pets.
  2. Eat Healthy -- Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health.  Try to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet.  Determine what is in season right now and dig in.  You'll be rewarded with high quality produce, packed with nutrition, at a lower cost.  Plan your food in advance so you are not tempted to buy extra treats at the grocery store.  To find out what is in season in Maryland, visit the Maryland Harvest Calendar.
  3. Stay active -- You can stay active while you keep your home looking good.  Do active housework like sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, doing laundry, or washing the windows.  If you shop, carry your own packages and then unload them in the car after every store. Dance to your favorite music and keep the spirit up.
  4. Drink water -- It may be cold and wet outside, but don't forget to drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated and help you feel healthy.
  5. Handle and prepare food safely -- As you prepare holiday or any of your meals, keep yourself and your family safe from food-related illness.  Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs (including their juices) away from ready-to-eat foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, baked goods, cold cut meats and sandwiches, and all eating surfaces.  Do not leave perishable foods out for more than two hours.
  6. Stay warm -- Cold temperatures can cause serious health problems, especially in infants and older adults.  Stay dry and dress warmly with several layers of loose-fitting, tightly woven clothing.
What are some ways you stay healthy during the winter months?
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