5 Ways to stay healthy this winter

An estimated 22 million people get sick over the winter season.  It's time to step up your healthy living habits. Try these five easy tips for a healthy year.

1. Step it up! Start walking at least 30 minutes a day or trying for 10,000 steps with a pedometer.

2. Catnap. If you are not getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night try taking a 10-20 minute catnap to help maintain healthy hormones that help stabilize your weight.

3. Eat green. Vegetables and fruits are a great way to maintain or lose weight because they are low in calories and help fight inflammation. Even when eating out, opt to eat more greens than whites (breads rice etc)

.4. Variety is the spice of life-- and some spices help you to stay healthy and slim like pepper, cinnamon, and tumeric.  Opt for different kinds of foods and cultures when eating out to try new spices and flavors.

5. Stretch. Use your mind to stretch your imagination and see how thinking outside the box can improve your productivity. Stretch your body to stay mobile and feel better.

Andrea Metcalf is a healthy living expert and author of Naked Fitness, (Vanguard Press)

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