During the winter, cold temperatures and shorter days often result in more people staying indoors. Staying indoors during the winter may seem like a great way to spend time, but we should also consider how to stay indoors. Continue reading to learn about tips for maximizing your personal wellness when staying at home this winter.
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Don’t Stop Moving!
Did you know? Adults should get 150 minutes of exercise every week; that’s about 30 minutes a day for five days a week.
It is important to remember that physical activity is essential for maintaining a healthy body. This is especially important for those who like to exercise outdoors during the warmer seasons. During the winter, finding ways to exercise indoors will allow you to continue a healthy lifestyle all year-round. If possible, try setting up a designated area for exercising. This can be as simple as making space in your living room. Yoga is an example of an indoor activity that does not require plenty of space!
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It makes sense that people would naturally want to eat warm or hot foods when it is so cold outside. Eat plenty of hearty foods and maintain a balanced diet. Soups, stews, and other warm foods will get you through the winter. In addition, drink plenty of water. While dehydration may seem more problematic during the hot summer months, we should still be careful during the dry winter. Staying hydrated is important because our bodies can still lose a lot of fluids during the winter.
Wash your hands
Washing your hands has always been important, even before COVID-19. Winter is flu-season and washing your hands is a simple way for preventing the spread of germs. Wash your hands frequently with soap for 20 seconds each time! Learn more about proper handwashing technique here.
Getting together with friends, family, and loved ones is a great way to boost anyone’s spirits. While the holidays (Christmas and New Year) are the perfect chance to attend gatherings, don’t let the fun times stop after January 1st. Create reasons for get-togethers; watch a movie, play some games, cook a nice dinner.
Check with your province about COVID-related restrictions and guidelines that may be in place. Social gatherings might not be possible during these times. Virtual events are also great as simply seeing another person’s face may lift you up. Organize online game nights or just schedule a video-chat.
Indoor Air Quality
Generally speaking, outdoor air quality is cleaner than indoor air. Having your heater on during the winter may also negatively affect the air quality in your house. Poor air quality can result in health issues over long periods of time. Keeping your home clean will drastically improve your living conditions during the winter. Vacuum your home twice a week, clean and replace filters regularly, and washing your bedsheets each week are some ways to help maintain a clean home. If your air is dry, considering using a humidifier to increase moisture and make breathing more comfortable. Clean your humidifier regularly as well.
Get Your Sunlight
Natural sunlight is a great source of vitamin D. Low levels of vitamin D can result in depression, muscle weakness, and other serious health consequences. Shorter days during the winter means that we may be receiving less vitamin D. Open your curtains during the day to brighten up your home.
With that being said, making time to actually go outside every so often will be beneficial. Being confined indoors for long periods of time can cause anxiety or distress. A simple ten-minute walk around your neighbourhood can make a huge difference. Dress warmly and head outside as often as you can!
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