Focus on the Whole Team: Stay Healthy During the Winter

January 23rd, 2018 | by Walt Whitfield
Focus on the Whole Team: Stay Healthy During the Winter


The winter time is the season of indoor sports. For many athletic departments, winter is the busiest season with 10 sports offered by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. For college athletic employees, a busy schedule enduring the harsh winter conditions, dreariness, and isolation can take its toll on your health. Here are a few tips to staying healthy during the winter.

Eat to Build Immune System

Every well performing athletic program has a strong fan base supporting it. The fans are the fuel. In my article “Staying Healthy and Fit during Times of Distress,” I spoke about the need to fuel your immune system by eating certain foods. During the winter, food is your first line of support for the immune system. Eat quality animal protein, lots of fruits and vegetables, and foods high in vitamin c. Avoid sugary foods, soft drinks, and fast food as they tend to suppress the immune system. You will feel how you eat.    

Ask the Weatherman, then Plan

As an ex-collegiate athlete, I know too well the effects the weather has on performance. It’s no wonder universities are building facilities such as indoor practice fields. An indoor facility is a great tool, especially in the winter. But nothing beats a chance to get outdoors. The fresh air. The sunshine. There is something positive about it. Watch the weather so you have time to plan the days you will brave the outside. When that nice not-so-cold day presents itself, you will be ready to take advantage of it. The more outside activities you take part in, the better physically and mentally you will be.

Lean on Support

The team dynamic is great to be a part of. A group either in business or sports working for a positive goal has many benefits for the individual’s well-being. During the winter, it is important to lean on your support team. Cold weather, redundant workouts, and being stuck indoors are all reasons to go straight home. Use your support team to get you through your bad days, and be that positive influence on their bad days. You need to find ways to stay motivated through the winter blues and isolation.

The winter is as an important a time to focus on your health as any. Eat food that boosts your immune system. Pay attention to the weather so you are ready for the days you can train outdoors. Lean on your support team more than ever to get through the dreary winter days. Keep your head down and the spring will be here in no time. 

Walt Whitfield About Walt Whitfield
Walter Whitfield is an employee wellness consultant and founder of Lavoro Workplace Wellness where he helps businesses improve their workplace through employee wellness strategies. He has worked with corporations like Chevron, BP, and Seadrill. Walter is a former college athlete for Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns where he competed in cross country and track, winning Sunbelt conference titles in the 3k Steeplechase and 5k. He is married, has 3 kids, and loves all things New Orleans Saints and Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns.

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