Is the cold of January starting to get you down? January is known for its miserable weather, so there is no wonder why this is one of the months during which your health is at risk. The bad weather puts our body at risk of various common illnesses, such as colds and flu. And the grey weather can often be bad for our moods and, in some cases, mental health. So it is very important to take extra special care of your mind and body during this month. Here are some great health tips that can help you feel rejuvenated.
Get A Checkup
It never hurts to get a regular checkup at your doctors, and there is no better time to do so than in January when your health is probably at its most fragile. There are various checkups and tests that you can request; you can take a look at the website for Highgate Private Hospital to see the various ones available. During the checkup, your doctor will do some physical examinations and ask you a few questions regarding your health. From this, he will be able to see whether you have any pressing medical concerns that need to be checked out further.
Increase Your Exercise
Feel like you just want to stay curled up under a blanket on the sofa during this cold weather? We can’t blame you, we feel exactly the same! However, it is important that you try and increase the amount of exercise that you take in January, no matter how much you don’t want to! Adding just an extra thirty minutes to your weekly exercise plan can help to improve your moods and will help to increase your energy so that you can get through January with a spring in your step!
Don’t Drink Calories
During the winter, it can be very tempting to comfort ourselves with indulgent hot drinks, such as hot chocolate and milky coffees with lots of syrup! These may taste great and make you feel a whole lot better initially. But they aren’t good for you in the long run. And that is because they are crammed full of sugar and lots of hidden calories. Try to limit the number of these drinks in your diet, as you are only drinking a whole load of extra calories! If you do want a drink to warm up with, try enjoying a mug of hot water with a slice of lemon in it. Or why not try some delicious herbal teas?!
Limit Your Dairy Intake
If you feel like you have a cold coming on, try not to eat too many dairy products. Dairy increases the amount of mucus that our body produces. So if you do have a cold and eat a lot of milk, yoghurt, and cheese, your body will be producing a whole lot more mucus. And that will be very uncomfortable if you have a blocked or a runny nose!
And don’t forget to rest up! After all, it is winter out there!