Top tips to stay fit and healthy this winter

HEALTH WATCH: With cooler months here keep your health in tip-top shape by working out, watching your diet and remaining motivated to be active.
HEALTH WATCH: With cooler months here keep your health in tip-top shape by working out, watching your diet and remaining motivated to be active.

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Prevent colds, flu and infections 

Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your family against influenza. Peak season for the flu is between June to September. 

Flu symptoms can start suddenly like fever, headache, tiredness and muscle aches. Elderly people might also experience confusion and children might get an upset stomach and muscle aches. Symptoms can last for a week or more.

The National Immunisation Program is now offering free vaccines for eligible people. To learn about about the vaccine visit health.gov.au

Keep safe by ensuring you cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, wash hands with soap and water and avoid contact with people with flu symptoms. 

Keep active

It is so much easier to stay in bed or on the couch on cold, chilly mornings and evenings, but you could be doing harm slowing down your level of physical activity. 

There are great alternatives to avoiding cold temperatures – get out for a walk at lunch time; sign up for a gym class such as yoga and work out inside; swimming is also a great way to workout, especially in a heated pool.

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Plan an active holiday

Winter is a great time to travel, so why not plan a trip that involves something active? Plan a ski trip to the snow, or travel north and soak up the warmer weather by getting out and seeing the attractions. 

Not only will your body thank you, but you can take some much needed time to relax with family and friends. 

Keep hydrated

Hydration isn’t something you just need to focus on during summer. Ensure you drink the recommended amount of water daily. Your body needs water to function properly. It has added benefits of helping to increase your metabolism and help you feel fuller longer, which is great when you’re tempted to fill up on delicious heavier winter foods. 

Watch what you eat

Stick with eating lots of green vegetables to ensure your body is getting the nutrients it needs. Fruit, such as oranges, are great a great way to get Vitamin C which helps to improve your immune system. 

Spices are great to add to dishes. Garlic and ginger not only taste great, but they help to improve immune function.