Is your favorite winter activity staying indoors under a warm blanket in front of the television with a bag of snacks in hand? You\u2019re not alone. Getting through the cold weather with your health and spirits intact is difficult but not impossible. Follow these suggestions for a happier, healthier winter.\nFight the Flu\nCold and flu season is fast approaching. Here are some ways to avoid the sniffles.\n\nWash your hands for 15 seconds using soap and warm water is your best defense against germs. If soap and water aren\u2019t available, use an alcohol-based antibacterial product.\nGet a flu shot to reduce your risk of infection by 90 percent. If you don\u2019t like needles, a nasal spray vaccine\u00a0may be\u00a0available.\nEat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, getting plenty of sleep, and reducing stress will help boost your immune system.\n\nWinterize Your Skin\nAs the weather turns colder, the dry air causes itchy, dry skin. To keep skin more comfortable during the winter months:\n\nSwitch to oil-based moisturizers with a minimum SPF of 30 for your face and body, and use them frequently.\nProtect your hands from the elements with a heavy-duty hand cream, and always wear gloves outdoors.\nLips need extra protection, too. A moisturizing lip balm with vitamin E will help prevent chapping.\nUse a humidifier to add moisture to the air in your home.\n\nBanish the Winter Blahs With Exercise\nDon\u2019t pack your exercise gear away with your summer clothes. Staying active during the winter months can lift your mood, help your immune system, and keep you from gaining weight. Be sure to talk with your doctor before beginning an exercise program.\n\nWalk indoors at a local mall. Need extra motivation? Join a walking group.\nCheck out an exercise video at your local library or borrow one from a friend.\nWith proper planning, walking outdoors in winter can be fun and exhilarating. Walk during daylight hours, dress appropriately, and wear skid-resistant shoes.