The cold and darker days of winter means we are out less in sunlight. Less sunlight means lower Vitamin D levels. According to Journal of Preventive Cardiology lower Vitamin D levels means lower body fitness.
- Balance Your Eating: Maintain an even blood sugar level, space meals 5 hours apart. Practice the “good plate method” means 1/3 protein ( 50 grams a day) 1/3 carbs and 1/3 vegetables.
- Eat Right: Eating energy boosting Vit D foods like fish, yogurt, and vitamin rich cereals like oatmeal.
- Seek the Sun. If it gets sunny take a brisk walk.
- Practice Positive Self-talk: When you accomplish positive goals of “getting a move on” congratulate yourself.
- Engage with a friend. If you make a firm plan each week to “do something” with a friend to boost your energy level, you will be more likely to “get a move on”. Better yet, make the plan with two friends for twice the success!
- Exercise your mind. Staying mentally active will not only keep you sharp, but also can help with mental health.
- Don’t Smoke.
- Sleep. Set a good pre-bed routine to relax. 7-8 hours is recommended.
- Stay Hydrated. 12- 15 cups per day for seniors.
So , pick three of these to do each week for the next months and find a new healthier you.