1) Stay Hydrated — Even in the Cold
2) Keep the Winter Blues at Bay
3) Fight Dry Skin
A dusting of white may be beautiful, but it can also be a pain to shovel — literally. An average of 11,500 snow shoveling-related accidents are treated in emergency rooms each year. More than half of the injuries are soft tissue ones, like pulled muscles. Not surprisingly, the most commonly injured body part is the back. We can protect ours by taking some time to walk around and warm up our muscles before digging out our front walks. Once we’ve got our shovel in hand, we should be sure to push the snow out of the way rather than lifting it, which can strain backs. Finally, don’t forget to bundle up. While we may feel warm after all that exertion, we still need to keep our bodies, hands, and heads covered.
6) Ward Off the Flu
We already know that cold weather doesn’t directly cause colds, but many of us are more likely to catch one in winter. Why? One theory is that shorter days and less sunlight mean less vitamin D, which results in weaker immune systems. Others believe that cold viruses survive better in cold, dry environments. Another thought is that we spend much more time indoors in the winter, meaning we breathe in more germ-filled recycled air. To fight off bugs this winter, ease up on alcohol, eat healthy, stay hydrated, get enough sleep, and, of course, wash hands often.
7) Keep Your Energy Up
The shorter days in winter can make us sleepy because darkness triggers our bodies' production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates our sleep cycles. If our bodies produce too much melatonin we may feel sleepy during the day or even experience dizziness and headaches, according to the Mayo Clinic. Keep your energy up by making sure you log seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Eat regular meals to keep your insulin levels steady so you don’t crash, and snack (healthily) when you're hungry to give yourself an extra boost. If all else fails, have a good laugh—studies show that humor can increase energy.
Article courtesy of RealSimple Magazine, posted Dec. 28, 2014, found here: http://www.realsimple.com/health/preventative-health/help-your-body-cope-with-winter/stay-hydrated-in-cold