4 ways to stay healthy and fit during winter
As winter settles in, our health and wellbeing can start to dip. Here’s a roundup of easy, actionable tips to keep you healthy & fit during the cold months.
Winter has arrived, and so has our temptation to stay inside wrapped in a warm blanket with a cup of hot cocoa. Although there’s nothing wrong with that image, it’s quite a pleasant one – winter can often leave us feeling drained and tired, making us an easy target for colds and flu.
So, how do you maintain a healthy lifestyle in winter? Luckily, technology can help us build our self-care space right in the comfort of our homes. Here are four ways to make staying inside a healthy, fun and productive experience with the tech-savvy products from JB Hi-Fi – so you can feel and look your best once the sun is back out.
Stay in shape by bringing fitness indoors
Just because it’s colder doesn’t mean you should put your fitness goals on hold. Get creative by doing exercises at home and using what’s around you to assist your workouts. Some examples could be walking laps around your house, using the sofa to do push-ups or even doing stomach crunches with a floormat.
Consider using a fitness tracker to help you consistently smash your health goals to make your workout even more beneficial. The Garmin Vivomove Trend Smart Watch provides all-day health monitoring, offering innovative features like continuous heart rate sampling, Body Battery™ energy levels, Pulse Ox, sleep score, stress tracking, women’s health tracking and more.
Recover and rest the intelligent way
Once you’ve finished your workout, ensure you rest your muscles well. Consider investing in a massage gun for aching areas that can relieve tension in hard-to-reach areas like your back. They also work to reduce lactic acid build-up which can contribute to the soreness as well as improve your lymphatic flow to support your immune system. This one from Homedics offers six intensities and interchangeable attaches so you can customise your massage to your needs.
And don’t forget a good night’s sleep! Add a sleep analyser to your bedroom setup if you suffer from sleep apnoea or have trouble sleeping but are unsure why. These are easy to set up – slip it under your mattress and turn it on. The Withings Sleep Analyser uses sleep-tracking software, giving you an insight into your sleep cycles, continuous heart rate and snore detection.
Maintain a healthy diet
It’s obvious, but it’s easy to fall off the bandwagon once the sheer cold kicks in. After all, why brave the rain to buy groceries when you can do UberEATS? While there’s nothing wrong with the occasional takeout meal, it’s still essential to maintain a healthy diet to help fend off colds and flu, which run rampant during the winter. Fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins like kale, carrots, pumpkins, oranges, apples and strawberries will go a long way. Pair them with protein-filled meats like beef, chicken and lamb to create a well-rounded nutritious meal.
Thankfully, appliances like blenders and air fryers exist to help you make a delicious treat without the extensive cooking time. The BlendJet 2 Portable Blender can create a delicious smoothie in 20 seconds flat, while its portable size means it won’t take up a lot of kitchen space. Meanwhile, the Philips Essential 5000 Series XXL Connected Airfryer offers 16 different cooking functions so you can cook a healthy, tasty meal with reduced fat.
Purify your space
You’ll be using your indoor heater a lot during the colder months, but depending on how often you clean it, there’s a possibility it may be spreading allergens, dust and mould.
Cue in air purifiers – clever devices that improve the air quality of your home by eliminating and neutralising air pollutants. So, how does this work? As air moves through the filter, contaminants and particles including dust, smoke, pollen and odour are captured. Clean air is then dispersed back into the space. Air purifiers can be a saving grace for those with asthma too.
The Breville Smart Air Purifier is an excellent option if you’re looking to save space. Plus, it has a Microbe Shield that uses a shortwave light specially designed to target bacteria and viruses.