The cold weather makes us want to cuddle up next to our favorite junk foods and binge watch shows on Netflix. Working out seems to go to the back of our mind as we put on those comfy sweaters and indulge in the endless holiday treats. Although it can be easy to forget the healthy lifestyle during the fall and winter months, it’s important to keep up with eating right and working out to make sure your body stays healthy and happy.
These unhealthy holiday habits can do damage to the body. Here are a few things to look out for this winter and a few ways you can take better care for your health.
Heart Attacks Increase in Winter
The cold weather is known to increase blood pressure and raise cholesterol. According to a study published in 2015, there is about a 31 percent increase in heart attacks in the coldest months of the year compared to the warmest. Because of this, it’s important to make sure you are taking extra precautions to protect your heart this winter. To stay healthy this winter, try controlling your portion sizes, eat more vegetables, select whole grains, and limit unhealthy fats.
The Winter Blues
Experts estimate that about 20 percent of American adults experience seasonal mood changes. This winter, if you are feeling a bit under the weather, take a few steps to help boost your mood and energy. Try working out more, waking up on routine, or even warming yourself up with a cup of hot cocoa with friends. If you or a loved one is struggling with depression, don’t hesitate to seek professional medical help.
Sick During the Holidays
It’s estimated that 51 million passengers fly during the holidays. Yes, we said million. This exposes us to way more germs and increases our chances of getting sick right before Thanksgiving or Christmas. Imagine traveling all the way home just to have the holidays canceled. Before your next flight, try boosting your immune system by including foods like spinach, yogurt, garlic and broccoli in your diet. Also try pHion’s Alkalizing Greens Superfood, which contains more than one pound of veggies per serving. pHion’s Green Superfood delivers a daily dose of powerful vitamins and nutrients that makes your body eco-friendly. In addition to boosting the immune system, make sure to wash your hands frequently, skip the alcohol, and make sure to get enough sleep.
People tend to gain between five and seven pounds during the winter months. We are sure this is due to the lack of exercise and the increase in comfort food and holiday meals. Make sure to drink plenty of water, eat in moderation, and continue to get your regular exercise. Feel free to have that piece of pie, but maybe limit yourself to only one slice after dinner! Just because the holidays are here, doesn’t mean you should change your lifestyle.
We at pHion Balance hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season. Don’t forget to stop by our website and see how we can help support a healthier lifestyle.