Health in Niagara

Seems like every year I know a new group of people that missed out on the health tips that most people learn the hard way.

Stay Warm - Even if you get sweaty
Confused about what to wear because of the weather? While I'm in favour of fashion trends that involve layering some people rush to drop a couple layers on what they perceive to be a warmer day or location. Keep them on and buy some deodorant. The long term cost of getting sick is always higher than the short term social cost of perspiration and we've developed a multitude of 100% technologies to combat the human scent. There is no 100% immediate cure for the cold, flu, or a fever. Lock in that mentality and you'll love your next snowball fight.

Eat Well - The right nutrients and liquids matter
Two major mistakes come up often, people with strange diets and people that don't adequately hydrate. Extremes don't work in finance or politics so why would anyone think that it would work in their diet. Fake Celiac anti-carbs people can jeopardize their health by cutting off some of the most nutritious foods from their diet. I know about the dangers of these extremes as a person with minor food allergies. Sometimes when you are craving beef jerky it is because your body and mind are working together to get something you need.

While you'll get some health nuts staring at their urine every day it makes more sense to set a routine and pay attention to the beverages you choose. Your beer and coffee may satisfy you at the time but you're going to need more than that - get a water bottle, join the tea scene or pack some juice. Although I've had some discussions about how some juices like apple juice are more of a food, but then again this is coming from the Bear Grylls fans stare longingly into the toilet again. I'll try not to mention toilets and food together again, but liquids realy are 'easy come, easy go'.

Stay Active - Even if it means taking a risk
I highlighted staying warm, don't use it as an excuse to become a shut-in. I used to think of the Winter as video game season. While it will keep you out of some trouble by staying in the warm areas there are even more problems related to inactivity in this generation. After you eat and suit up go outside. I don't care where you go or what you do, the fist step is always going out. Your Wii Fitness is not social, there is no sunlight and that makes you a SAD* lonely person in the dark.

Some ideas for getting out:

  • Walk to your local Tim Hortons or Comparable low cost restaurant with friends
  • Enjoy some of the trails in your municipality (Canal Trail in Welland, Rail Trail in Pt. Colborne, Hydro or Riverfront Trail in Niagara Falls)- and if your municipality doesn't have a pedestrian trail system then walk to city hall and ask why not.
  • Go to your local library and then sit around there - you're already paying for it.
  • Get a hobby.

I can't tell you what to do, but I'm sure the television and sadness routine you are in isn't working. I'm also not asking for you to become a marathon runner in leg warmers that drinks eight glasses of water a day - I'm not about extremes when it comes to health. Next time you feel a cold coming on start with these three tips immediately and even if you do get sick at least you'll continue enjoying yourself.