Fending off colds and flu this winter

Unless you’re planning on hibernating for the winter, you’re probably going to come into contact, or at the very least, close proximity to someone with a cold or the flu.

Once you get the flu in particular, it can really knock you for a six so let’s look at a few easy ways you can help stay well this cold and flu season.

A lot of what it takes to steer clear of viral infections like the common cold is common sense e.g. keep your distance from anyone with a cold or the flu. But there are a few extra things you can do that might not be second nature to help boost your chances of getting to spring unscathed.

The key, unsurprisingly, is to support your immune system to fight the good fight. Here are some tips to help you be battle-ready in the coming months.

Eat well

Yes, you should be eating well all year round, we know that. But this can be especially hard in the winter when warm, comfort foods can be close to irresistible. Try to eat a balanced diet with a range of colourful fruits, vegetables, as well as whole grains, low fat dairy and lean protein.

Get enough sleep

If it’s hard to get up in the morning when it’s cold and dark, it should be easy to get to bed early when it’s cold and dark, right? We know it’s not always that simple. You’ll likely feel much better in the morning if you get to bed in time to get around 8 hours of sleep. With time to rest and repair, your body will have more energy to make the most of all that good food you’ve been eating.

Stay Active

As hard as it can be to get out in the cold and wet, fresh air and exercise can be the best thing for you. Dress for the weather and go for a brisk walk or a run if you’re up to it. Or there are plenty of ways to stay active indoors, like yoga, gym, pilates, swimming, or an organised team sport.

For more great tips to help you stay healthy, take a minute or two to watch these videos.

Be sure to share these tips with your family, friends and colleagues. After all, with your close contact, they’re the ones most likely to pass on their germs in the first place!

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