There are many things you can do to stay healthy during this time of year. As always, diet and exercise do play a significant role. However, these are not the only two factors we all need to consider. But, you guessed it, that’s where we are going to start.
When entering this time of year, I like to pay a little more attention to a few things. First, I make sure that I’m taking my multivitamin on a daily basis. In addition, I also try to add in a little extra Vitamin C. I like to keep my diet full of fruits and vegetables, giving me vitamins, minerals and antioxidants needed to help boost my immune system.
I was also told a while back that many different types of mushrooms have some benefits, as does coconut oil. Try adding some mushroom varieties to your pasta sauces or whole wheat pizzas. How about adding a tablespoon of coconut oil to your smoothie?
I also pay very close attention to my exercise regimen. I try not to let this time of year interfere with it, as much as possible. If it’s not possible to get to the gym, I make some time at home (while waiting for the furniture delivery man) to do a little cardiovascular exercise. A great option for home workouts are the cable channels that offer the 30 minute workouts right there in your very own living room – no extra charge. If you have a DVR, use it for one of your favorite types of exercise, and then do it when you have a few minutes to spare.
In addition to diet and exercise, rest is key. If we get tired and rundown, we’re more likely to suffer from an immune system that’s not ready and raring to fight for us. I know it’s easier said than done for most of us, but get as much sleep as you can. For tips, you can go back a few weeks and read my Wellness Wednesday blog regarding this topic or check out the December issue of The Zone.
Finally, something we should do all year long – Keep things clean! I’m constantly washing my hands, wiping down countertops, washing towels/sheets more often, along with many other things, during this time of year. Please, cough or sneeze in the crook of your arm, not onto your hands and keep sanitizer nearby. Yes, this is the voice of a mother… We need to limit germ sharing as much as possible, especially during such a “buggy” season.
With that said, I wish you all a very happy and HEALTHY holiday. Enjoy the time you have with family and friends!
Carri Nelsen of Gold’s Gym in Shrewsbury.Are you receiving your free digital subscription to The Zone Magazine? If not, click here!