Staying healthy is the first thing on everyone’s mind. Nobody wants to feel lost and miss work or school, but you don’t have to worry about taking a vacation this year. Read these seven unique ways millennials can improve their health this winter and you’ll feel your best without missing a moment.
1. Make homemade masks
Everyone has had that moment when a runny nose or throat hurts and they still go to work or run errands. Being around other people increases the chance of contracting an airborne disease, but not if you wear a mask in public.
A cloth mask is a barrier between airborne viruses and your body. You can find them for sale just about anywhere, but you can also make them at home with just a little bit of fabric and sewing tools. Consider what works best for your budget and schedule if you want to use masks as a health precaution this year.
2. Invest in indoor exercise equipment
Depending on where you live, it will probably be too cold to head outside for a run. That’s why investing in indoor exercise equipment is a smart idea. You can keep moving during freezing rains and snowstorms, which will keep you in good shape and make your immune system stronger.
Research shows that when people exercise, movement boosts their white blood cell production and gives them additional protection against disease. When your body has enough white blood cells, it can fight infection longer and more aggressively. Consider walking for 30 minutes each day or lifting weights a few times a week to start without overburdening your body.
3. Join the Virtual Wellness Group
Anyone can make healthy changes in their life, but it can be difficult to make these changes permanent. New Year’s resolutions always get more difficult as the year progresses. It is much easier to reach your goals together with a supportive community of friends. This is where the internet can help.
Find an online support group once you’ve chosen a unique way to improve your health this winter. You will meet people who have the same goals and they will cheer you up. You can discuss what works and what does not encourage you most on your wellness journey.
4. Consider eating more seafood
Food choices are the primary influence on your health. If you only eat frozen meals and fast food, you will feel lethargic and unbalanced long before the virus enters your body. Consider making simple diet tweaks this winter to feel better and stay healthy even as flu season reaches its peak.
Do you eat vegetables daily and avoid added sugars? Add more seafood to your diet. It’s a great food resource available anywhere. Eating a food like lobster gives your body essential nutrients that boost the immune system, such as omega-3 fatty acids. Whether you’re trying to bake, boil or grill new seafood meals, you’ll be eating delicious warm food every day that prevents and fights infection.
5. Find a Vitamin Delivery Subscription
Since millennials are 24% more likely than baby boomers to have a food delivery subscription, you likely have other products delivered to your home routinely. Why not add a delivery service that provides daily vitamins? You’ll get vitamins tailored to your specific health needs and avoid getting the flu this winter.
6. Use a moisturizer
A recent study found that participants experienced greater stress levels in environments with dry air. Lack of moisture causes side effects such as irritation of the lung lining, dry skin, dehydration, and increased general fatigue. Large amounts of the stress hormone cortisol will weaken your immune system and increase your risk of disease.
Humidifiers make it easy to reduce the risk of this affecting your health. You can adjust the exact hygrometer inside your home to make you feel more comfortable. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends a humidity setting of 30-50% for optimal comfort, but this will vary for each person.
7. Find natural electrolyte drinks
It’s easier to stay hydrated when you’re outside in hot weather, so people get dehydrated a lot in the winter. Drinking fluids with added electrolytes will provide enough hydration for your organs to maintain essential functions like the immune system, but what if you don’t want to use dyes and chemicals in branded sports drinks?
Anyone who wants to stay healthy can mix a homemade drink containing electrolytes with all the organic ingredients they need. Whether you prefer a mint flavor or an orange drink, you’ll get all-natural electrolytes from ingredients like fruit and Himalayan salt.
Boost your health this winter
Don’t spend another minute worrying about when you’re going to get sick in the coming months. Now that you’ve read some of the unique ways millennials can improve their health this winter, take control of your own. Adjusting your diet, drinking more fluids, and even changing the humidity in your home will help you stay healthy all year long.
About the author
Ava Roman (he/she) is the managing editor of Revivalist, a women’s lifestyle magazine that empowers women to live their most authentic lives. When you’re not typing Ava, you’ll find her in a yoga class, championing body positivity, hitting something delicious in the kitchen, or breaking up patriarchy. You can contact Ava at Pinterest And Facebook social networking site.