We are smack dab in the middle of the oh so nasty cold and flu season. Yuck! I’ve really been challenged lately (hello New Year!) to make changes to improve my health and overall wellbeing. As a working mother of a little girl I do NOT have time to be sick! I need energy and strength to live this life and enjoy it.
Here are some proven ways that we can all keep ourselves healthier throughout the cold/flu season and all year long:
Ok, this one is the most challenging for me. It’s a daily struggle to eat more healthy foods and less junk. As much as possible it is a good idea to plan out meals ahead of time. Do prep work when you bring your groceries home so that your fridge is stocked with fresh foods that are easy to grab on the go. Prepare ingredients for a healthy meal (like baked chicken and veggies) so that all you need to do after work is bake it. This makes it much easier to say no to the drive thru!
A daily multivitamin can be a key component to maintaining a solid nutritional baseline. I keep my vitamins right by the sink so I never forget to take them in the morning. A complete multivitamin like Centrum® delivers a combination of key vitamins and minerals to help fill the gaps in one’s diet to help ensure you get the recommended daily amount of key vitamins and minerals. Centrum® multivitamins include the six essential nutrients many people don’t get enough of from food alone: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Calcium, and Magnesium.
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Few things wear on the body like lack of sleep. Sleep deprivation absolutely suppresses the immune system. Many people find that their sleep is improved by turning off the TV and other electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime, sleeping in a cool room (about 65-68 degrees seems to be best for most people), and using a fan and/or sound machine. If you’re really struggling to sleep, you may want to consult a doctor to be sure that there are not underlying health issues.
I always find that I feel the best and avoid sickness when I get 30 minutes of cardio into my schedule 4-5 days a week. If you’re like me you’ll find any excuse to skip workouts. But really, 30 minutes is not a big deal! I’m committing to getting back on track with this 30 minutes and 4-5 days a week goal in 2015. My favorite way to do this is 15 minutes on the elliptical and then 15 on the treadmill while watching a half hour sitcom. The time flies by!
No kidding, laughing is soooo good for you! Watching a funny TV show that really gets you laughing could actually improve your health by lowering stress. Feeling sick and stressed? Time to get a good belly laugh going!
Drinking water is very beneficial for the immune system. Water oxygenates the blood and flushes away toxins. Be sure you’re drinking 8-10 glasses a day every day.
better understand why dietary gaps exist, Prevention
and Centrum® conducted a national survey to assess how Americans perceive key
vitamins and minerals. The results
showed that 60% of Americans have not changed their diet in the past year to increase the amount of vitamins and minerals they get and 74% agree it’s a lot easier to eat unhealthy foods. It’s really no wonder so many of us are struggling to live a healthy life; it really can be a challenge. I hear a lot of pressure from well-meaning people to make huge life changes to lose weight and be healthy. In reality, it’s just too much for most of us to handle. Many of us need to work on smaller, more manageable changes, like those I listed above, to improve our overall health. These simple, healthy habits can make a big difference in the way we feel and can totally be integrated into our busy lives.
Here’s to a healthy 2015!
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