Is it me, or is everyone getting sick? It seems to be that time of year. Getting sick is not fun, and it’s very discouraging when you’re trying to keep focused on your new healthy lifestyle and workout routine. Here are some tips to keep you healthy and prevent the cold or flu from ruining your week.
Wash Your Hands – Most cold and flu viruses are spread by direct contact. Someone who has the flu may sneeze onto their hand and then touch the treadmill, the dumbbells, or a machine at the gym. The germs can live for hours. Use hand-sanitizer and wash your hands with soap and water after your workout.
Drink Plenty of Fluids – Water flushes your system, washing out the poisons as it rehydrates you. A typical, healthy adult needs eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids each day.
Disinfect Common Surfaces – Viruses that cause colds and flu can survive on common surfaces for up to 72 hours. Make sure you clean common surfaces. When you’re at the gym, wipe off your gym equipment before and after you use it.
Do Aerobic Exercise Frequently – Aerobic exercise speeds up the heart to pump larger quantities of blood, makes you breathe faster to help transfer oxygen from your lungs to your blood, and makes you sweat once your body heats up. These exercises help increase the body’s natural virus-killing cells.
Eat Foods Containing Phytochemicals – “Phyto” means plants, and the natural chemicals in plants give the vitamins in food a supercharged boost. So, put away the vitamin pill, and eat dark green, red, and yellow vegetables and fruits.
Eat Yogurt – Some studies have shown that eating a daily cup of low-fat yogurt can reduce your susceptibility to colds by 25%. Researchers think the beneficial bacteria in yogurt may stimulate production of immune system substances that fight disease.
Don’t Smoke – Statistics show that heavy smokers get more severe colds and more frequent ones.
Cut Alcohol Consumption – Heavy alcohol use suppresses the immune system in a variety of ways.
Relax – If you can teach yourself to relax, you can activate your immune system on demand. There’s evidence that when you put your relaxation skills into action, your interleukins — leaders in the immune system’s response against cold and flu viruses — increase in the bloodstream.
Stay happy, healthy, and N motion, AND REMEMBER…age is just a number!