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. Below are some tips:

Keep exercising: It’s hard to get motivated when it’s cold and dark, 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 outside, go to the gym or do laps at an indoor pool.

Eat well: Keep your immune system in shape by making sure you’re eating a healthy diet.

Dose up on vitamins and minerals: Iron, zinc and vitamin C are also key to a healthy immune system. Look for dark, leafy greens and red and yellow vegetables, which are all high in antioxidants.

Stay hydrated: 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.