Stay Healthy Through Good Diet and Exercise

One of the most important things you can do to avoid getting sick – and not just from
cold and flu, but anything else out there that’s contagious – is keep your body as strong
and healthy as possible. One of the best ways to do that is to eat a healthy diet and get
some sort of daily exercise. Here’s what that may look like.

Tips for Eating Healthy

Improving your diet to eat healthier can seem like a challenge. There’s a lot you can do.
The key is to start and make small improvements as you go along. A great place to start
is by cutting out sugar and processed foods. Replace them with whole foods options
where you can. Have an apple instead of a candy bar when you need a snack. Fix
some scrambled eggs instead of pouring a bowl of sugary cereal in the morning. Skip
the fast-food burger and fix a salad to take to lunch. You get the idea.

From there, I would encourage you to add more fresh fruits and vegetables. Try
something new. A new piece of produce, a new healthy recipe, a new way to cook your
favorite foods in a healthier way. Experiment and don’t be surprised if your tastes
change over time. A baked sweet potato will start to taste better while soggy burgers will
start to lose their appeal.

Simple Ways to Sneak More Exercise into Your Day

The key to regular exercise is to create a few habits. An easy way to start is to
incorporate a brisk daily walk. Something as simple as a stroll after dinner or first thing
in the morning can contribute to a healthy body. Another option many find helpful is to
wear a pedometer or fitness tracker. Monitor your daily step count for a few days and
then start to increase it until you get to the recommended 10,000 steps – or challenge
yourself to do even more.

Keep your bones strong and improve your overall fitness by adding some simple
weightlifting routines. You don’t need any fancy equipment. Use your body weight for
resistance and grab some cans to use as weights. Of course, if you’re feeling motivated,
you may also choose to join a gym or hire a personal trainer to help you get into a good
workout routine.

Between the healthy food you’re eating and the exercise you’re getting, you’ll start to
feel better, get stronger, and become healthier. As a result, your immune system will be
in a better position to protect you from whatever cold and flu season sends your way.

“One of the most important things you can do to avoid getting sick – and not just from cold and flu, but anything else out there that’s contagious – is keep your body as strong and healthy as possible. “

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Good Hand Hygiene is Your Best Line of Defense Against Cold and Flu 

With cold and flu season underway, and the pandemic scares of recent years & that of the current coronavirus, we all want to do what we can to avoid getting sick. Unlike bacterial infections that can quickly be cleared up with a round of antibiotics, with sicknesses caused by viruses like the flu or the common cold, you often have to ride it out. While there are medications that can help ease your symptoms, your immune system must fight the viral infection off. Why not take it easy on your body and do what you can to avoid catching it in the first place. 

Your first line of defense to avoid getting sick this year is simple – Wash Your Hands. That’s right. The simple act of washing your hands frequently with soap and hot water limits the spread of cold and flu viruses and your chance of coming down with them. Get in the habit of washing your hands whenever you’ve been out in public, and whenever you can throughout the workday. Wash them before you eat or drink food and when hot water and soap aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 

Why is this so important? Because you are more likely to pick those viruses up with your hands than any other way. Sure, having someone cough in your face doesn’t help, but your chances of getting the flu or coming down with the common cold thanks to contact with a handrail or doorknob are much higher. You pick the virus up by moving about your day. It could be touching the handle of a shopping cart or closing a door behind you. It’s now on your hands, which isn’t a big problem by itself. It can’t enter through the skin there. 

The problem arises when you touch your face. It happens a lot more than most of us are aware of. We touch our nose, rub our eyes, or get our fingers too close to our mouth when we eat or cough. The virus makes it to a mucous membrane in any of those areas and it’s right where it wants to be. 

Why is this so important? Because you are more likely to pick those viruses up with your hands than any other way.

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