5 Tips for Staying Healthy this Winter

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Do you ever feel like you are juggling all the time? Between laundry, kid’s activities, dusting, blogging, working as a social media brand promoter, getting involved in family activities, and volunteering at school, sometimes life is just way too busy to think about being healthy. But then you get a wake-up call! You hear about a friend or family member who was hospitalized or has a health issue, and all of a sudden you realize that if you don’t take care of YOU, then who will take care of your family? Suddenly, it becomes a priority to take care of yourself and stay healthy. Here are 5 tips for staying healthy this winter.

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5 Tips for Staying Healthy this Winter

I have never been a true athlete. I’ve never run a 5K, been involved in organized sports, or aspired to be the coach for Little League. But I have always loved being active. We love to get out and work on the farm or planting new flowers. But as life gets busy, it’s easy to put our health on the back burner and spend more time taking care of the ‘important’ things rather than focusing on our health.

Drink More Water

This is one area in which I feel like I am doing great. I typically pour myself a cup of ice water at the beginning of the day, add in a slice or two of lemon, and then keep my mug refilled all day. When I drink water, I usually remember to make better food choices that day as well.

Tip: Find a favorite mug and keep it filled. I have favorites for different occasions. My two favorite water bottles are the Seychelle filter bottle and MyBevi. No matter where I am, you’ll find me with my water bottle.

Get Moving

Since I work from home, I often find myself sitting at the computer a lot of the day. About ten years ago, I found a solution that does help me get moving even when I am working on the computer. I bought a SurfShelf Treadmill Desk from Amazon that lets me put my computer on the treadmill and walk while I work. If you can’t walk and work, then find another way to get moving throughout the day. Walk the dog. Take the kids out for a bike ride. Go for a hike in the snow. You don’t have to be at high intensity work out to get the health benefits of moving.

Wear the Right Shoes

On a typical work-at-home morning, I put on tennis shoes so that I am ready to go hop on that treadmill as soon as I get a break from meetings. But when I’m going out of the house on a winter morning, I want a pair of boots that will keep me warm and also give me the support I need to protect my feet. Each year, I find that a good pair of shoes is more important to my overall health. I can’t just wear a cheap pair of plastic boots and expect to be able to walk as much as I want.

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Keep the Lights On

Let’s face it – when the winter gets into full swing and it starts to get dark at 4:45, it’s hard to be motivated to get up and move. It’s so much easier to curl up on the couch and just veg out. But a tip for staying healthy is to turn the lights on and keep your surroundings cheery and bright. Turn on an extra light. Maybe you even need to invest in a sun light that will help you stay motivated.

Stock up on Smart Choices

When I’m on a roll working hard, I don’t take time to fix lunch or healthy snacks. I typically just skip lunch or grab whatever snack bar or leftovers are in the refrigerator. But if I stock up on healthy snack bars or fruit, then I will make better choices.

Wear Clothes that Fit

If you get in the habit of wearing baggy sweats and hoodies, it will be easier to overeat and not make healthy choices. If you lose weight, then you will need to buy new clothes. Not only does this mentally remind you to make healthier choices, but it looks better too! When you feel good about yourself, you will take better care of your health!

How do you juggle a busy lifestyle and make healthy choices? Do you work in time for exercise? Do you drink plenty of water? I’d love to hear how you are working to balance and maintain your personal health!

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