Tips for taking care of your health in winter

Avoid sudden changes in temperature, wash your hands often with soap and water, avoid cold drinks and reduce your stress levels: these are some recommendations by experts at the DKV Healthy Living Institute for taking care of your health during the cold winter weather

We all know that a healthy body has a strong immune system. Sometimes, however, due to complex biological mechanisms, the flu virus and some respiratory diseases may become epidemic, especially during the winter months. Apart from the climate, other factors can also have a negative effect on the body's defences, leaving it unprotected against a virus and other illnesses. Bad habits, such as overeating, stress or continuous lack of sleep may also have a damaging effect on our state of mind and our immune system.

Con motivo de la llegada oficial del invierno, el próximo 21 de diciembre, el Instituto DKV de la Vida Saludable ofrece una serie de consejos preventivos y prácticos para cuidar la salud en el frío de invierno, para evitar los resfriados y la gripe.

Avoid sudden changes in temperature when going out into the cold from a warm environment, sleep in warm bedrooms and wash your hands often with soap and water to avoid spreading the virus are some recommendations by the DKV Healthy Living Institute to help us keep healthy this winter:

  • Avoid sudden changes in temperature. The cold weather outdoors and the heating indoors mean that we are constantly moving from one temperature to another. Make sure you are dressed properly at all times and that you keep warm. It is advisable to set the heating at home at 21-22º, and also regularly ventilate the rooms.
  • Avoid stress. Ongoing or excessive stress can increase the risk of some conditions and illnesses. To combat stress, try relaxation techniques such as breath control, learn to prioritise and organise your time and do physical exercise.
  • Be rigorous with your personal hygiene, and keep germs at bay. Simple habits that prevent the spread of germs, such as washing your hands after blowing your nose, changing the nappy of a baby with a cold and going to the toilet and before eating and preparing food. If you have a cold or the flu, don't touch other people's hands or cough into your hand. This way you will stop the virus from spreading to everything you touch and infecting other people.

Do sport. Although we prefer to stay at home in winter, physical exercise and sport are highly beneficial for our health. However, make sure you don't do sport that is too strenuous and that leaves you exhausted. At least 30 minutes of physical exercise per day is recommended for healthy adults. You should also opt for activities that require physical effort, such as walking up stairs instead of taking the lift and walking to work instead of driving. If you do an outdoor sport, remember to wear the right clothes to avoid sweating too much.
  • Get enough sleep and rest. Sleep deprivation forces our bodies to make an extra effort and take on unnecessary stress. Experts recommend a minimum of 7 hours per night for healthy adults to ensure that the sleep is effective and that the body recovers from its daily activities. To ensure a good night's sleep, avoid sport for 4 - 5 hours before going to bed and have dinner at least 2 hours before bedtime.
  • Take care of the most vulnerable It is important to protect those who are most at risk and follow the advice of their doctors. People who are at greater risk of falling ill during the cold weather are babies, children, old people and people with chronic heart, bronchial, lung, joint and immune system diseases.

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