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Six ways to stay healthy this winter

It may be cold outside, but winter needn’t be the unhealthiest time of

year. Here are some tips to help you keep healthy and fit, no matter what

the weather’s like…

1. Banish winter tiredness – Many people feel tired and sluggish during winter due to the lack of sunlight so make sure you get outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible. Stress can make you feel tired so try to de stress with exercise or meditation.

2. Eat more fruit and veg – When it’s cold and dark outside, it can be tempting to fill up on unhealthy comfort food. However, it’s important to ensure you still have a healthy diet and include 5 portions of fruit and veg a day.

3. Drink more milk – You are more likely to get a cold in winter, so make sure your immune system is in tip-top condition. Milk and dairy products such as cheese, yoghurt and fromage frais are great sources of protein, vitamins and calcium.

4. Get outside – Don’t use the cold winter months as an excuse to stay in and lounge around. Instead, get out and try a new activity – maybe ice skating, or go for a bracing winter walk on the beach or through the park. Regular exercise helps control your weight, boost your immune system, and is a great way to reduce your stress levels.

5. Have a hearty breakfast – Porridge or oatmeal is perfect as a warming winter breakfast or choose wholegrain cereals with fruit. Aim to boost your intake of starchy foods and fibre to give you energy, help you feel fuller for longer and stop the temptation to snack mid-morning.

6. Sleep well – With the shorter, cooler days and longer nights, our bodies naturally need more sleep. Try to get to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual in the winter months.

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