Winter is here, the nights are drawing in and the heaters are on! Although it is comforting to settle down in front of the TV with a blanket and a cup of warming cocoa it is still important to keep fit and well in the winter months.
Eating healthy will keep you alert, energised and help protect you from illnesses in the winter months. Keeping a colourful and varied diet is extremely important - try to aim for 5 daily portions of fruit and vegetables.
Porridge is a fantastic filling and warming start to the day, like our Apple, Sultana and Cinnamon Porridge.
It is important to eat little and often, and if you do have a smaller appetite we have over 60 mini meals, if not we have plenty of hearty dishes and our Lamb and Beef Pie is a firm favourite. It is always great to have some quick easy dinners in the freezer or the cupboard with our range of everyday groceries we have plenty of options. If you do have any dietary requirements all our meals are clearly labelled in the brochure with our handy symbols.
Even though it's harder to get motivated with the shorter days and cold weather, it is still important to stay active in the winter months. If you can, try to get out of the house for a breath of fresh air. If not there are plenty of exercises that can be done indoors from armchair exercises to yoga and even dancing. It is best not to sit still longer for an hour so try and keep moving throughout the day. It is also really important to stay hydrated in the winter as we do in the summer, it is harder and as we get older it is harder to recognise the signs of being dehydrated. A great way to know you are keeping hydrated throughout the day is fill a large jug with water in the morning and use that throughout the day, add lemon or cucumber to the water for extra flavour.
- Wear several thin layers of clothing, warm air gets trapped between the layers.
- Air is cooler at ground level so if you are sat try and keep your feet up, and wrap a blanket around yourself for extra comfort.
- At night use an electric blanket or hot water bottle to get your bed nice and toasty!
If you'd like to find out more about how you can keep warm and well this winter Age UK have plenty of useful tips.