Tis’ the Season of Sneezin’!
Many of us are bound to get sick when the seasons change. Whether it’s a cold or the flu, both can put you out for a few days. However you can avoid that with a few of our tips! Stay sharp and have a stress and sick free winter this year!
1.) Maybe a little obvious but… wash those hands! We sure hope you wash your hands after each trip to the bathroom, but what about after you exercise, grocery shop, clothing shop, pump gas, before/after you eat, etc. We certainly don’t want you washing your hands every two seconds, but as the sneezin’ season comes up, it wouldn’t hurt to carry a few sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer in your purse. And remember; wash your hands for 20 seconds each time to truly kill germs and bacteria!
2.) Spring and Fall Cleaning! However, when you look at the following list of the top 10 germiest places in your home from cbsnews.com , you may want to reconsider what and how you keep your home clean this season.
1. Kitchen sponges/rags
2. Kitchen Sink
3. Toothbrush holder
4. Pet Bowl
5. Coffee Maker
6. Faucet Handles
7. Cell Phones/Regular Phone
9. Stove Knobs
10. Cutting Boards
3.) Get Adequate sleep. Aim for at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Everything listed here goes hand in hand. Therefore when you don’t get enough sleep, everything else you do to say healthy goes out the window.
4.) Stay Hydrated and Eat Healthy. No one can ever stress enough, how important it is to stay hydrated and eat a balanced diet. Your body needs at least half of its body weight in ounces, per day. Aim for 1-2 liters of water as well as eating 3 healthy meals and 2 light healthy snacks. Eat carbs and fruits early in the day, then after about 4pm, switch to leafy greens and vegetables. This ensures that your body will have enough time to break down the carbohydrates and sugars throughout the day.
5.) Dress for the weather while working out. Fall weather is perfect for running and exercising outside. However, when we get going and get our blood flowing, we don’t want to be outside in 45 degree weather with only shorts and a tshirt on. Therefore, in the cooler months you should focus on wearing layers. Insulating yourself against the wind and other elements is key, so create a layered barrier instead of a single barrier. The advantage is you can always remove the outer layer if you get over-heated.
6.) Relax! As the cooler months creep up on us, we start to become more stressed. It gets darker earlier, big holidays are coming up, if you’re a student you may have assignments to stress about, etc. Focus on creating and maintaining a schedule to follow each day. Have time for work and time for play as well as time to be alone and just unwind each day. Staying stress free is key to maintaining a healthy immune system.