(BPT) - Now that the holidays are behind us and spring is fast approaching, it is the perfect time to take control and make small changes that will improve your overall health. However, many of us struggle with sticking to a healthy diet and fitness routines and health regimens.
To help you stay healthy this season, here are five tips that you and your family can follow:
Exercise regularly. This may seem "easier said than done" however, don't let winter get in the way of your exercise routine. Get creative and adjust where and how you work out. For example, take that evening walk on your lunch break instead, take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible and look into indoor fitness options for those days when it's too cold to exercise outside.
Raise Vitamin D levels (even when the sun doesn't shine). With colder temperatures and shorter days you may not be getting that daily dose of sunlight for Vitamin D, which is essential for maintaining strong bones and supporting your immune system**. However, there are other ways to bolster your Vitamin D intake - no matter the season. Research from the makers of Centrum multivitamins shows that the majority of U.S. adults know sunlight to be a source of Vitamin D, but few can name other sources. Less than half of U.S. adults are aware of other sources of Vitamin D including: fish (43 percent), egg yolks (36 percent) and beef liver (32 percent). Vitamin D has numerous health benefits and may help reduce the risk of some of the top health concerns of adults - including osteoporosis.
Add a multivitamin. Though the weather outside may be frightful, your health and nutrition can be delightful. While it may be a challenge to eat healthy during the winter, look for ways to incorporate healthy carbs, whole grains and winter produce to your diet. If you're having a difficult time getting key nutrients from food alone, consider adding a multivitamin to your daily regime. Centrum multivitamins offer essential vitamins and minerals to support your nutritional health - now with higher levels of Vitamin D3*, the body's preferred form of Vitamin D**.
Stay hydrated. Heat and summer sweat have you reaching for the water during the warmer months but in the winter - not so much. Even though the seasons change, your water consumption shouldn't. Most people need to drink between six and eight glasses of water every day, so if you're falling below this number, drink up. You'll be heathier for it.
Get adequate sleep. It's a known fact that sleep is critical for our mental health and physical wellbeing - it's our body's natural way to recover and rest up. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. While it may be difficult to turn in early, there are things you can do to ensure a full night's sleep. For starters, give yourself enough time to wind down at the end of the day and remove distractions from your sleeping space (this includes your electronic devices!).
Now is the perfect time to reset and recharge your healthy habits. Follow the tips above and you'll be able to handle any snow, rain or gloom that winter weather throws your way. To learn more about Centrum multivitamins, visit www.centrum.com/centrum-silver-multivitamin.
*Versus prior formulas of Centrum and Centrum Silver products only.
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