As the temperature drops, so does the humidity. Why do people get sicker during the winter? We turn on our indoor heaters and radiators which further dries up the air around us. The inside of our noses and sinuses also dry out and this creates the perfect environment for cold viruses, aka rhinoviruses, to attach and infect our respiratory cells. Cold weather also changes the outer structure of flu viruses, making them more infectious. This is why flu season is always in the wintertime!
What Can You Do?
There are several ways you can stay healthy during the winter months. First, a humidifier in the house will help cut down on the dryness. It’ll keep your sinuses moist, especially at night when the heater is on full blast.
Finally, keep fresh air flowing as much as possible. This can mean cracking a window or just getting out and walking around more often.
Taking Care of Your Body
Make sure to drink lots of fluid and eat a well-balanced diet. There’s not much you can do to prevent viruses from getting into your body. But if you’re sick, your chances of a quick, easy recovery are higher if you’re already healthy and exercising. With all the heaters and dry air, your body loses water much faster, so stay hydrated to keep it functioning at optimal levels.
Benefits of Yoga In Winter
Winter is a time to reflect, slow, focus turning your attention inwards, so that you can have greater clarity to set your intentions.
Yoga nourishes your body and mind. It encourages you to find stillness and it supports your sleep patterns.
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Yoga calming, it boosts the immune system and lowers stress levels. Ever wonder why people tend to get it in the colder months? It’s not because cold weather makes you sick.
However, several factors create the perfect environment for illness, during the winter months ~
- Vitamin deficiency
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
- Poor circulation
- Not keeping your body warm
Yoga Poses To Support You During The Winter
Here we are going to look at poses to support your respiratory system, open your chest, throat and sinuses.
- Sun Salutations. Not just one pose, however a flow of poses linking the breath, warming your body while building flexibility and strength.
- Reverse Warrior
- Camel Pose
- Baby Bridge
- Shoulder Stand
- Fish Pose