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How to Stay Healthy During Winter

Winter is notorious for being cold and flu season. Often you can’t go to work or a store without seeing somebody coughing or sneezing, and germs in public places like these make it hard for you to stay healthy. The fact that germs can so easily be spread is why it’s so important to make sure you take preventative measures to stay healthy.

Wash your hands
This is the most important thing you can do to avoid getting sick. Throughout the day, your hands touch things like pens, money, and computer keyboards that can easily spread germs. These germs linger on your hands and a common way to catch a cold is by rubbing your nose or eyes, so washing your hands are an effective way to reduce the risk of getting sick. Don’t forget that in order to be most effective, you should wash your hands with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds.

Treat Your Body Right
A well-balanced diet is a good way to keep your body healthy and strong. Eating foods like fruits, vegetables, foods high in fiber and protein, and drinking plenty of water are effective ways to prevent illness.

Exercising regularly also helps strengthen your immune system. Exercising for 30 minutes a day at least 4 days per week has been shown to lower stress hormones and boost immunity. If you don’t have time to exercise, try small things to keep you active, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or get up from your desk and walk around to wake your body up. Being active keeps your body healthier in more ways than one.

It is vital to get enough sleep every night, because a well-rested body is what an immune system needs to function at its best. Adults should get at least 7 hours of sleep per night, while also trying to maintain a regular sleep and wake time. In order to get your best sleep, avoid caffeine 4-5 hours before bed, don’t exercise more than 3 hours before bed, and keep your room quiet and dark.

Keep your Workspace Clean
The office is an easy place to pick up germs. Somebody is always coughing, sneezing, or sniffling so it’s important to keep your personal work area clean. Have disinfecting wipes nearby to clean your phone, keyboard, desk and other belongings are a good way to eliminate germs that travel through the air.
Having hand sanitizer nearby is also a good idea. Washing your hands is best, but you won’t always be able to go wash them so sanitizer is a good alternative. After applying hand sanitizer, be sure to scrape your fingernails against your palm to kill germs trapped under your fingernails, too.

These preventative tips will help get you through the cold and flu season, but getting sick is an inevitable part of life. Make sure that if you do get sick you stay home so you don’t infect others, drink lots of fluids and rest. Be sure to sneeze or cough in your sleeve to avoid spreading germs and even when you’re sick wash your hands often.

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