Over-60s Simple Steps to Stay Healthy This Winter

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Health and Beauty Magazine

Over-60s: Simple Steps to Stay Healthy This Winter

Lucie Tobin

Lucie Tobin

Health & Beauty Magazine Online Editor

Published 17th November 2008

There are lots of ways to remain fighting fit as the weather grows colder. Follow our experts’ tips for staying warm and well.

Eat feel-good foods

‘Have food with a high level of antioxidants such as oranges, cauliflower or broccoli to strengthen your immune system,’ says nutrition expert Judith Wills. During the winter months, people who suffer from seasonal depression and older people often lack vitamin D, which we absorb through sunlight. But you can also get this vitamin by eating foods such as oily fish and eggs.

Winter warmer tip: Consider a Vitamin D supplement such as Boots High Strength Vitamin D 90 Capsules.


Protect your skin

Older skin can dry out fast, so shield your face and hands from harsh winds and damp weather by slathering on copious amounts of hydrating moisturiser. It’ll also help combat the drying effects of constant central heating.

Winter warmer tip: Try Boots Expert Sensitive Intensive Moisturiser SPF15. Men can stay supple and soft with Boots Expert Men's Body Moisturiser.


Get your yearly flu jab

‘The winter months are a breeding ground for viruses like flu because the cold temperatures constrict the vessels in the nose that carry bacteria-fighting immune cells,’ say Chris. Take advantage of the annual flu vaccination, which is free from your GP if you’re over 65 or have certain medical conditions. You can also get it done privately at Boots.

Winter warmer tip: As well as the flu jab it’s worth asking about the anti-pneumonia vaccine from your GP to ward off this common winter nasty.


Keep active

It’s estimated that four out of 10 people over 50 do little or no exercise. But simple activities such as gardening, walking the dog, a five-minute stroll or even housework can help keep you warm, boost your mood and improve your sleep.

Winter warmer tip: Walking is great exercise. To maximize the benefits, try the Boots Shapers Active Exercise Walking Kit which has a belt to carry a bottle of water, a pedometer and wrist weights. Always see your GP before starting any exercise regime.


Heat your home efficiently

‘If you need to cut heating costs, just heat the living room and the bedroom where you spend most of your time,’ says Chris. If you’re over 60, you may be entitled to a Winter Fuel Payment to help with bills.
Winter warmer tip: Get a colour-coded room thermometer like the Grobag® Egg Room Thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature. While you’re sleeping, ideally, it should be above 18°C (65°F).


Wash your hands regularly

One of the most simple and effective ways to help avoid catching a winter cold is to wash your hands regularly to keep them germ-free. It’s especially important before you eat, handle food or if you’ve been in contact with someone who has a cold.

Winter warmer tip: To ensure your hands are squeaky clean even when you can’t wash then, pick up some Boots Antibacterial Original Hand Wash 250ml

Written by Jean Jollands

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