We’re all about health maintenance, staying active and injury free. What people often overlook is just how much their overall health and wellness contribute to their musculoskeletal health and performance. Here are a few tips to ensure that you give your body every chance of staying fit and injury free this winter:

Be Pro-Active About Your Health in Winter

Being proactive about your health and wellbeing in winter will help ensure that you make it through the cooler months cold and flu-free, and in tip-top shape to enjoy the summer.

Keep exercising It can be hard to stay motivated when it’s cold and dark when you get up and when you get home from work, but your body has to work overtime to get warm, so you can burn more kilojoules on that early morning walk or run. If it’s too cold or wet outside, go to the gym or do laps at an indoor pool where you can reward yourself with a spa or sauna. If that doesn’t float your boat there are all kinds of indoor team sports or even indoor rock climbing… the only limit is your imagination.

Eat well Keep your immune system in shape by making sure you’re eating a healthy diet jam-packed with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Sleep well Getting enough good quality sleep is critical for optimal recovery and soft tissue repair and is especially important in the colder months when muscles are colder and less supple.

Dose up on vitamins and minerals Iron, zinc and vitamins C and D are all key to a healthy, well functioning immune system. Look to get your boost from foods as much as possible – dark, leafy greens and red and yellow vegetables are all high in antioxidants.

Stay hydrated Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water each day. If cold water is unappealing when the mercury dips, try boiled water with a slice of lemon or warming teas.