Even though we live in South Florida–and are not really hit by any snow or extremely cold weather–we do get some days or even weeks of colder days and sometimes get hit by some freezing winds. It is true that when this happens, kids get sick and adults too. We are not used to those breezy days and sometimes we forget to dress properly or even bring a jacket.
This is why I want to share some tips that will keep your family healthy and happy during those nice chilly winter days in South Florida.
Make sure that when those temperatures drop you are dressed properly for it.
We are really used to staying outside and doing many outdoor activities. Use multiple layers of loose-fitting clothing, like a long sleeve shirt under a jacket.
When those low 60s hit us try to stay indoors as much as possible to keep healthy, safe and warm.
Check on friends, family members, and neighbors who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards: young children, older adults, and the chronically ill.
Heat your home safely.
If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace or space heater, be extremely careful. Make sure each appliance is properly adjusted and you have followed the manufacturer’s instructions. Also, check local building codes for use.
Those cold days ignite our cravings for carbs and calorie-packed foods.
To avoid this try eating a high protein breakfast, and two or three healthy snacks per day. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages—they cause your body to lose more heat. Drink warm beverages such as hot chocolate or hot tea to help maintain your body temperature.
Keep your body moving.
If you do not want to go outside for your workout, there are plenty of resources online with fun workout videos and exercises. Check out Pinterest for tons of great resources so you can get fit in the comfort of your own living room.
Try to go to bed as early as possible to give your body enough rest.
This winter season when the days get shorter, your body will want to sleep longer and will adjust its rhythm to the hours of daylight.
Supercharge your body by taking vitamin C, vitamin B6, and vitamin E.
This will help your body to battle colds and even the flu. Remember to always consult with your physician before taking any medication.
Last but not least, do not forget about your pets.
Bring them out of the cold winter weather and provide them warm shelter.
I hope you all enjoy those cold days with your family and kids and stay safe!