6 Simple Steps to Staying Healthy When You’re Stuck Inside This Winter

| 1/12/2018 1:15:00 PM

Winter can be one of the most exciting times of the year. From the anticipation of celebrating Christmas to the relief of cuddling up next to the warmth of the fireplace, winter is inarguably among the best feel-good seasons of the year. Although the end of fall may signify the start of one of the most exciting times of the year, winter also marks an increase in illness and health issues.

Taking care of your body throughout the year is essential, especially during the winter season. It's important to remember that a drop in the temperature outside does not have to correlate with your state of being. In fact, you can stay healthy this winter — even when you're stuck inside. Want to know how? Check out our top six steps for maintaining your health throughout this cold season.

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Keep Your Hands Squeaky Clean

It’s no secret that wintertime is also synonymous with flu season — which means all those nasty viruses and bacteria will be hanging around on public doors, chairs, tables, and virtually any surface. Make sure you double down against bacteria and germs this winter by washing your hands more than usual.

Keep a small hand sanitizer you can take with you on the go. Make sure your kids maintain a healthy practice of washing their hands, too. When it comes to soap, you don’t have to get too fancy. Just be sure to scrub your hands for a minimum of 30 seconds and dry them thoroughly with a clean hand towel or cloth each time.

Schedule Your Annual Flu Shot

Speaking of flu season, remember to schedule a doctor's appointment to get your winter flu shot every year. If you've had the misfortune of suffering through this unwanted viral infection, then you know that catching the flu is no joking matter. More than 1 million people contract influenza in a single year, contributing to nearly half a million hospital visits alone.

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You'd be far better off to supplement with vitamin D to support your immune system, then to get a flu shot. The flu shot only protects against certain strains, and not at all against the many other respiratory viruses floating around in the winter.

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