Top tips for ward­ing off the win­ter woes

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

DON’T let the low tem­per­a­tures take a toll on your health!

Be­ing proac­tive about your health will help you ward off ill­ness and get you in tip-top shape.

Start su­per­charg­ing your well­ness this win­ter with th­ese four tips.

One, stay hy­drated. Un­like in sum­mer when a sweat ses­sion can leave us gasp­ing for a cold drink, de­hy­dra­tion is much less no­tice­able in colder tem­per­a­tures.

Even mild de­hy­dra­tion can lead to al­ter­ations in mood, headaches, fa­tigue and dif­fi­culty con­cen­trat­ing.

If cold wa­ter is un­ap­peal­ing when the mer­cury dips, try boiled wa­ter with a slice of le­mon. Two, eat well.

Fill your plate with plenty of fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles to give your body ad­e­quate nu­tri­tion and in­crease en­ergy lev­els.

You can use a slow cooker to make easy hot meals like chilli or overnight oat­meal, or turn your green sal­ads into green soups.

Green soups are a warmer way to en­joy the same an­tiox­i­dants and vi­ta­mins.

Even fruit can make a com­fort­ing snack when poached or roasted – sim­ply mix it with warm­ing spices such as cin­na­mon, ginger and vanilla bean. Three, keep ex­er­cis­ing. Don’t let the low tem­per­a­tures and lack of light slow you down!

If you can’t bear to head out­doors, you can still in­crease your fit­ness at home – do body weight ex­er­cises us­ing your stairs, a chair or the floor.

If you’re lack­ing mo­ti­va­tion, hav­ing a goal or tar­get to aim for is a sure-fire way of stay­ing fo­cused.

Four, stress less and stay con­nected.

So­cial­is­ing helps strengthen your im­mune sys­tem by keep­ing you ac­tive and re­duc­ing your stress lev­els, so avoid the temp­ta­tion to stay on the couch.

En­joy din­ner with friends, wrap up warm and go for a walk in the park with fam­ily, or plan a date with your part­ner – sim­ply find some­thing you en­joy!

With one-third of all can­cers preventable through life­style changes, it’s im­por­tant to lower your risk of can­cer this win­ter by en­joy­ing a healthy diet, be­ing phys­i­cally ac­tive ev­ery day and main­tain­ing a healthy body weight.

Pri­ori­tise your health and hap­pi­ness this win­ter and make it the best one yet!

More in­for­ma­tion about Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land and healthy liv­ing is avail­able at can­ — Chris McMil­lan, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land

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