Tips to keep you healthy this Winter

As a student, keeping healthy is not always top of the list, sure you probably know it’s a necessity but often life gets in the way; late nights, long lectures and lazy routines to be a little more specific.

Keeping healthy should be a priority all year long, but in winter it’s time to step up those healthy habits and kick start your healthy winter routine.

We’ve rounded up some tips to help you banish those winter blues and help you to keep healthy and fit all season long.

Keep up your Exercise Routine

It may be cold outside but that’s no excuse not to keep up that exercise routine. Sure, the temptation to snuggle down on the sofa with a hot drink and Netflix may always be lingering, but nothing will give you that endorphins kick as much as a good workout session will.

Regular exercise has many benefits and will help you to lead a healthy and happy lifestyle throughout the year. Exercise won’t only help to keep your body healthy, but is good for your mind too. Ideally, adults should be active for around 150 minutes a day, so why not walk or cycle to university rather than get the bus and you’ll soon be adding minutes to your daily goal.

Team sports are not only a great way to exercise but also a great way to meet new friends too. Working out with others will help to keep you motivated and whilst we know it’s the taking part that counts, winning never hurts to help boost your confidence either. You could also try taking part in some winter sports too; ice skating or visiting an indoor ski park will help to switch up your exercise routine and add a little variety.

Eat Nutritious Meals

Every day it seems like there’s a new health statistic out instructing us to rush out and buy the latest superfood must have. However, nothing quite hits the spot as eating your 5 a day does. If you’re worried that eating healthy is more expensive than grabbing a ready meal then you’ll probably be surprised as eating home cooked meals is often far cheaper, not to mention healthier.

Take advantage of the nutritious fruit and vegetables on offer at this time of year and make a delicious homemade casserole. Packed full with winter vegetables such as carrots, squash and swede it’s a meal that will taste delicious as leftovers too.

Writing a weekly shopping list and planning out your meals is another way to make sure you’re eating a healthy balanced diet and will help you to resist temptation when you’re near the dessert aisles. If you’re concerned about fruit and vegetables going off then buying frozen can be just as good for you, they’re still packed with all those essential nutrients and they can be cheaper than buying fresh.

Quit those Bad Habits

We all have those bad habits we know we should quit and with Christmas round the corner cutting back is not only good for your health but will also help to save those pennies ready for Christmas parties and presents galore.

Quitting smoking has an abundance of health benefits from helping you to live longer to boosting your beauty, quitting tobacco is one of the best ways to up your health game. With the benefits of electronic cigarettes finally confirmed by the NHS, e-cigarettes are an excellent quitting aid.

Cut back on drinking too, whilst it’s nice to indulge in a glass of mulled cider or wine at this time of year restricting your alcohol intake will help you to keep a healthy body and mind. You can still indulge in a tipple by looking at beverages with a lower alcohol per volume percentage. Remember that the recommended daily allowance for men is 3-4 units and women 2-3 units per day.

Keeping in mind these healthy lifestyle tips will keep you looking sparkly and fresh all winter and hopefully all year long.

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Emily Jarvis

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