Everyone wants to be healthy so that they can always be at their best. However, when you are living in the Philippines where the climate can change drastically, the weather can rain even on a health and fitness buff’s parade. The cold weather can make it all too easy to just slip back to your old, unhealthy ways. Also, a seemingly indecisive weather can wreak havoc on your immune system. One minute, you are feeling warm because of the sun and the next thing you know, you are starting to get cold because of the heavy rain.
Fortunately, healthy condo living does not have to mean making extreme changes. According to Penn State University’s nutrition professor Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, you simply have to take small, realistic steps and to be consistent. Whether you need to lose weight or to simply keep diseases at the bay, here are 15 tips to be healthy despite the bad weather.
Break Out A Sweat
Don’t let the rain dampen your get-fit spirit. It’s a great thing that superb amenities come with condo living. Make the most of the gym in your DMCI community and at the same time, interact with your fellow healthy condo dwellers. If you prefer the privacy of your condo unit, there are also tons of exercise ideas that you can look up online.
Take Your Vitamins
Let’s admit it: striving for a balanced diet every single day can be a challenge. Moreover, the changing weather conditions and not to mention, the pollution outside, can take their toll on you. This is where the value of taking vitamins come in. Drink the vitamins that are right for your needs and be replenished from the inside.
Meditate At Your Own Pace
It can be easy to lose track of your inner peace in today’s world where everyone is connected to a plethora of distractions. Take time to put away your gadgets to distress even for just a few minutes a day. Your sanity will thank you for it.
Detoxify Right In Your Condo Home
While the most common notion of detoxifying is undergoing juice cleanses, there are plenty of things that condo dwellers can do to detoxify. Bring out your green thumb and nurture an indoor plant or two. Pick up a real, paperback book. Engage in a crafty DIY session.
Have A Pocketful Of Sunshine
There’s nothing like a positive outlook in life to boost your overall health. So what if dark clouds cover the sky outside your condo window? Make every day a wonderful day. Play your pick-me-upper music, repeat empowering words to yourself, and stay away from people who are only good at making you feel bad.
Watch Your Eating Habits
Staying in your condo with all your food supplies can spell disaster for anyone who’s trying to maintain a healthy weight. Win the battle against binge eating by emulating the eating habits of fit people. For instance, they quit the bad stuff like junk food and they avoid frequent trips to the kitchen especially after dinner time.
Whip Up Healthy And Hearty Meals
Even ice queens who never let the cold bother them will find relief in some good ole chicken soup. Aside from the nourishing ingredients such as poultry and vegetables, the warmth of the soup can help regulate your body temperature and decongest your system if you have the colds. Besides soup, you can also prepare food that call for plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Get A Proper Amount Of Sleep
Class and work suspensions because of inclement weather can disrupt your sleeping patterns. Some may try to make up for missed activities, resulting in irregular sleep. Consider revamping your bedroom because getting comfortable sleep is just one of the many health benefits of a well-designed condo bedroom. On the other hand, bad weather is sometimes jokingly dubbed as bed weather. However, sleeping in too much can be bad for you so you need to get up once you have hit your sleep quota.
Observe Proper Hygiene
Now’s not the time to slack off on your personal hygiene. Think of you and your family huddling in one condo unit in a stormy weather and how coughs and colds can spread around faster than you can say, “Germs.” To avoid this, follow the basics of good hygiene such as covering your mouth when coughing and washing your hands as needed.
Drink Plenty Of Water
It may no longer be summer when the heat would always prompt you to drink up, but being properly hydrated is a key to greater health regardless of the climate. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water each day. Set alarms on your phone for reminders or put fruit slices to add zest to your water.
Steer Clear From Smoking
While some people ditch the habit only when they are sick, stopping smoking altogether is one of the best things that you can do for your health. Find healthy distractions for when you crave for your nicotine fix. Get a support group if you have to.
Limit Your Alcohol Intake
Next to smoking, drinking alcohol is one activity that you should re-evaluate. It is okay to have a good drink or two now and then, but be sure to know your limits — don’t make the cold weather an excuse for excessive drinking.
Keep Up With Your Required Vaccines
While getting vaccinated is not exactly the most exciting thing in the world, it does give you the immunity that you need so you can do more. Get your regular dose of vaccines such as tetanus-diphtheria booster and flu shot. Keep a personal record for your reference.
Make Sure You Complete Your Health Tests
Illnesses can strike no matter what the season is. Keep tabs of your health by having with you a checklist of the medical tests that you regularly need. Discuss this with your doctor as certain circumstances can put you at a higher risk for a particular disease. For instance, if you are a female, you need to be updated with your Pap smear.
See Your Doctor If You Notice Anything Wrong
Lastly, consult a health professional once you see something amiss with your body. Don’t wait for your medical condition to worsen. The sooner you seek help, the earlier you will feel better.
These 15 tips will help you enjoy greater health, rain or shine. Remember, it is your personal responsibility to take care of yourself. Incorporate these in your daily routine so you can lead the healthiest and happiest life that you can have.