It’s almost that time of year again when it seems everyone and their family is home sick with a cold.
While it’s not being cold or wet that causes or increases your chance of getting sick, winter is still ‘cold and flu season’ – largely due to people spending more time indoors, in closer contact with other people who can pass on their germs.
You certainly can’t escape the indoors or other people this winter, but there’s certainly ways to strengthen your children’s immune systems and reduce your family’s risk of getting sick.
Kingswim’s top tips for winter immunity:
Regular exercise is key to a healthy lifestyle and body, which in turn can help strengthen your immune system.
Swimming is a wonderful way to remain fit and healthy indoors during the cold weather – plus it’s great for curing cabin fever!
Thanks to staying fit and healthy, children who swim throughout winter have stronger immune systems and are less likely to catch colds and flu.
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Just like exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables can contribute to good health and therefore to a healthy immune system.
Tip: pack pre-cut fruit and veggie sticks as an after swimming snack. Kids are usually ravenous after a lesson so are far more likely to eat what’s on offer!
Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep is not only crucial to staying healthy and feeling well, but not getting enough can also suppress your immune system function.
The cooler season can reduce the opportunities for kids to burn energy, which can then impact sleep. While some sports and the chance to play outside may be restricted in winter, it’s important to find other ways to burn energy.
To ensure kids are kept entertained and active this winter, Kingswim is offering 50% off your second weekly lesson, great for both burning pent up energy and fast tracking their development.