Health Tips For The Season

Health Tips For The Season

As the days start getting colder, being healthy and having a strong immune system is super important if you want to keep from getting a cold and being down for weeks. Being stressed with finals, travel plans, and finances as Christmas comes around can distract you from getting the rest you need, taking time to exercise, and getting good nutrition.

There are so many sweets lurking in the bakeries during this season (pumpkin spice cake, anyone?), it’s so tempting to over-indulge! But don’t forget that the more sugar you eat, the weaker your immune system becomes, and the more likely you are to get sick. If you’re a student and you eat at the cafeteria, making fresh squeezed orange or grapefruit juice in the morning is a great way to get your Vitamin C. It is easy to ignore the other fruit that is put out daily, since it is usually the same every day, but make sure to pile your plate with it anyways.

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The cold, cloudy days are perfect “cuddle weather,” but make an effort not to spend too much time inside. Getting proper rest will make you less likely to get sick, but getting too much sleep will make your mood gray and depressing. When the sun is out, take advantage and study outside to get your Vitamin D, which helps keep your moods from getting low.

If you’ve been trying all year to get into shape or just drop a couple pounds, you’re probably thinking that Thanksgiving is going to be the worst day of the season for calorie counting. Well, have no fear! There are 5k and 10k walk/run races in the Dallas and Ft. Worth on Thanksgiving Day that can motivate you to keep running in the cold. The run is early enough in the morning that you’ll still have time to come home to put the veggie turkey rolls in the oven. And with all the calories you burned on your run, you won’t have to feel guilty if you try both your aunt’s and your mom’s homemade gravy.

When you get out of a warm snuggly bed early in the morning, the first thing you may want to do is jump into a steaming hot shower. But hot water will not only drain you but also wash the oils from your scalp and skin, making you more prone to dandruff and chapped cheeks. A random tip to help you enjoy this fall: Take cool showers! On top of helping your circulation, when you get out of the shower you will be less cold! And the cold water won’t wash away as much of your body’s natural oils.

Winter is the number one season for people to be depressed, miserable, and unhealthy. Slacking off on your goals now will make your New Year’s resolutions even harder to start. Follow these tips and you’ll have a great season, whether these brutal Texas winter temperatures are 99 or 69 degrees!

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