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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 03 Dec 2013
Although the Indian winter has become shorter, it has continued to become harsher over the years. The weather has become pleasant in most parts of India, indicating the onset of a few months of bitter cold. People are already using hot water to bathe and some have taken out their woolen wear. Mornings are foggy, and a hot cup of tea or coffee is a welcome start to the day.
Health Tips for Winter
Typically, the cold makes people a little lazier. Getting up in the morning to exercise takes much more will power. As the physical activity reduces and the weather gets cold and try, we become increasingly susceptible to colds, coughs and fever. Here are some health tips to keep you fit during this winter season.
- Keep warm: Don’t brave the cold by going out for walks in the late evening without wearing something warm. Cover your feet and neck appropriately, as these are two parts of the body that are most prone to the cold. Get as much sun as possible. Sunshine has vitamin D, which boosts your immunity. Consider taking a short walk after lunch. It does not have to be a brisk walk. Instead, you can stroll and enjoy the warmth of the sun. Avoid drinking cold water and have a nice hot cup of tea, coffee or milk, according to your preference.
- Increase your intake of vitamin C: Vitamins in general protect you against diseases. Vitamin C in particular will protect you against colds and coughs. Citrus fruits, such as oranges and lime, are good sources of Vitamin C.
- Exercise: This keeps the body warm, which is essential during winter. You needn’t do vigorous exercises. Climbing merely one flight of stairs or doing just ten pull-ups in the morning will be enough.
- Manage stress: Stress impacts your immune system and can make you more susceptible to illness. One way to do this is to get adequate sleep.
- Manage dryness: In many parts of India, winters are very dry. With falling temperatures, humidity dips and the dryness can cause skin and respiratory problems. Keep your skin in proper condition with a good moisturizer. Use a humidifier when indoors to prevent respiratory illnesses. Keep your body hydrated with adequate intake of water.
Most places in India do not have very harsh winters, however there are exceptions where winter is severe and one need to take utmost care to prevent against ailments. Following these simple to-dos can reduce the chances of falling ill during winter. Enjoy the winter with complete health and well-being.
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