You know I’m a big fan of moving during the holiday season. Why else would I be participating in a bunch of different holiday challenges AND have just joined a gym for the first time in 12 years? Sometimes though, just staying moving is not enough to keep you healthy during the holidays. Sometimes you need to do a little extra self care. Here are my go to tips for making it through the holidays as healthy as possible.
- Get enough sleep – I know. So much to do. So many events. So hard to get enough sleep. But make the effort. Your personal sleep needs may vary, but studies have shown that sleep deprivation does affect both your immune system’s ability to fight off cold and flu, but also prevents it from recovering as fast. Get those Z’s!
- Eat your vegetables and fruits – I don’t know about you, but winter = soups and comfort food for me. While these are great and many do contain lots of veggies, I have to make an actual effort to get fresh fruits and greens into my diet. I’m a big believer in a healthy diet keeping your immune system stronger.
- Wash your hands when you enter the house – I’m not a germaphobe. I actually tend to be pretty mellow about things. But a while back, I got in the habit of washing my hands as soon as I walked in the door. And I’m convinced that plays a role in the fact that I am very seldom sick. Soap, hot water, and a few minutes. That’s all you need.
- Get outside as much as you can – Fresh air + nature = immune booster. I know sometimes the weather isn’t great for time outside, but as long as it’s not dangerous (crazy cold or snowy/icy), I try to get outside for at least a while each day. And I’m that crazy girl running in about 1000 layers when it’s single digits out.
- Take elderberry syrup (or use lozenges) when someone in your house is sick or you feel something coming on – I personally have only used this once – when the kids and Beer Geek were all sick before the Marine Corps Marathon. It worked that time (I know sample size of 1), but the reason I’m sharing it with you is that both my mom and my chiropractor swear by it. My mom’s word not enough? There are actually studies that support it.
What are your favorite ways to boost your immune system in the winter?