healthy winter

Winter is quickly approaching, which means we’ll all be spending a lot more time inside. And whether you’re one of the 29% of gardening households or not, you’ll need to find other ways to stay healthy while it’s cold outside. Here are a few tips to help you do just that.

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is a key factor in your mental and physical health. That’s why it’s critical to make sure you’re getting at least seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Considering it gets dark so much earlier now, it should be a little bit easier to get into bed earlier every night. If you have trouble falling asleep, consider changing up your before-bed routine. Not sure how? Here are a few things to consider trying:

  • Turn your phone off and put it away at least one hour before you go to sleep.
  • Create a soothing skincare routine to perform before bed.
  • Read for at least 30 minutes before you go to sleep every night.
  • Eliminate caffeine consumption at least four hours before you want to sleep.
  • Journal your thoughts from the day before you go to sleep.

These are just a few of the ways you can change up your bedtime routine to promote better sleep every night. You might still be getting up when it’s dark outside, but at least you’ll have a full night’s sleep under your belt!

Make Exercise a Priority

Exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle, which is why you need to make it a priority this winter. Unfortunately, the weather outside isn’t necessarily conducive to exercise during the cold winter months. But with a few adjustments and some basic equipment, you can sweat it out right in your living room every day! If you’re one of the 60 million people who love trail running but can’t get out to do it during the winter, now might be the time to invest in a treadmill for your home. And if you need to take a break from running while it’s snowy outside, there are plenty of low-impact exercise routines that you can do inside. Consider taking up something like Pilates, yoga, or even weight lifting if you need an apartment-friendly exercise routine to follow during the winter. Minus equipment, these forms of exercise aren’t expensive, either. Considering that almost 36 million Americans practice yoga, it’s easy to find routines and trainers online who have free video tutorials available. There’s no excuse not to get moving.

Maintain a Well-Balanced Diet

Winter is the perfect time for hearty recipes and chunky soups. And there are plenty of root vegetables in season during the winter to put in your recipes, too. For a well-balanced diet, it’s important to get a few servings of fruits and vegetables in every day. You should also make sure you’re staying hydrated to reduce stomach pain and bloating. Apple slices or carrots provide an excellent nutritional snack if you’re feeling peckish. For bigger meals, root vegetables like parsnips, potatoes, yams, and brussels sprouts make excellent side dishes or main courses. It’s also a good idea to try to cut back on added sugars and salt intake if your goal is to build muscle during the winter months. Of course, nobody is going to deny you holiday cookies — it’s important to be mindful of how you feel when you eat, though! If you’re full after a few cookies, don’t force yourself to keep eating. Pay attention to your body’s needs, eat some vegetables every day, and you’ll be on your way to cultivating a well-balanced diet this winter.

Staying healthy during the winter months can feel like a challenge when there are so many reasons to be a couch potato and stay up all night eating warm brownies. As long as you’re striving for balance in your sleep, exercise, and dietary habits, you’ll be able to stay healthy this winter.