Keeping fit and healthy this winter

Keep winter woes away

Keep winter woes away

Winter is almost here and when it's cold it's really hard to stay motivated about your health and fitness.

The days get shorter, the temperature starts to drop and people tend to stay indoors in the warmth, being less active and eating comfort foods.

As the flu season is already here it is important to know how to reduce your susceptibility and stay healthy this season.

Colds and flus can cause disruption to your homes and it is important to know the difference between the two. The main symptoms of a cold include a runny or blocked nose, sore throat, coughing, sneezing and slight fever.

Flu on the other hand is a viral infection. Typical symptoms include fever and/or chills, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue general tiredness and exhaustion, headache, vomiting, diarrhoea and muscle aches. Symptoms of the flu are more severe.

You can reduce the risk of getting sick or passing on infections by washing your hands, wiping down frequently touched surfaces, and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

Eating nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables can help keep your immune system strong. It is also important to keep hydrated in winter, so ensure you drink plenty of water.

Being active for 30 minutes every day can help you feel more energetic, healthier and can even make your world look better and brighter.

Take the dog for a walk in the morning and watch the sun rise or take a stroll around the block in your lunch break.

Being fit and healthy isn't a 'fad' or a 'trend' it's a lifestyle!

Natalie Davis

Mid Murray community services officer