July 18, 2019
5 ways to stay fit and healthy in Elsternwick Village this winter
Winter is all about staying cosy and eating warming and delicious treats, but our health and wellbeing can take a hit during these cooler months.
During the cooler months, comfort becomes a priority for many of us and we tend to indulge a little bit more as we find ways to stay warm in winter.
Some of us hang up the running shoes and take a break from our fitness routines, while others delight in rich and tasty food and drinks more than we probably should.
While there’s nothing wrong with having a good time, there are some simple steps to keep you fighting fit.
Here are 5 ways to stay healthy in Elsternwick Village this winter:
1. Eat nutritious food
Stocking up on fresh fruit and vegetables is an easy way to look after your health and wellbeing during winter.
Look out for seasonal fruits like kiwifruit, grapefruit, mandarins, oranges and bananas that are rich in vitamin C, dietary fibre and other nutrients.
In-season vegetables like broccoli, carrots, potatoes and cauliflower are great for packing lots of nutrients in homemade soups, stews and casseroles.
Stews, casseroles and soups are healthy and affordable winter warmers, ideal for freezing and taking for lunch or reheating for dinner after a long day at work.
Try to opt for healthier options where you can like trimming fat off meat before adding it to your dish and watching how much salt you add.
2. Drink plenty of water
Staying hydrated during winter is really important to help fend off illnesses during the peak flu season and stay healthy.
Aim to drink at least six to eight glasses of water every day, however if you don’t feel like drinking cold water every time, try a herbal tea, like chamomile or peppermint, to warm up.
Otherwise, add a slice of lemon or lime to warm water to mix things up.
3. Stay active
With the winter chill in the air, the idea of going for a jog may only appeal to die-hard runners.
That said, there are plenty of alternatives like joining a gym or trying a yoga session at Yoga Tree to keep up the fitness and stay warm.
4. Dress smartly
Unless this is your first winter in Melbourne, it’s likely that you already have the appropriate warm weather gear to get through these cooler months.
A thick winter coat is essential, but accessories like scarves, gloves and beanies will also see you through to spring, when things start to defrost.
5. Fight against colds and flu
There are some general measures that will also help protect you from colds and the flu like getting a good night’s sleep and regularly washing your hands.
If you want to take extra steps, check with a local chemist in Elsternwick Village about a flu vaccination or consider health supplements to boost your intake of vitamin C and other nutrients.