Cold and flu season is here, and you can expect it to last all winter and part of spring. What can you do to lower your risk of getting sick this time of year? Get into the habit of doing the following, and you’ll be protecting yourself from cold and flu season’s germs.
Wash Your Hands
Washing your hands with soap and warm water is one of the simplest, yet most effective, ways to reduce your risk of getting sick. Make sure you’re washing your hands after using the bathroom, before eating and after being around others who are sick. Wash your hands for at least 30 seconds to ensure that you’re getting rid of as many germs as possible. Use hand sanitizer in a pinch if you can’t get to a sink right away.
Keeping your body fit with regular physical activity helps your immune system stay in good shape, which lowers your risk of catching a cold or the flu. Plan on getting a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five times each week. Keep in mind that you can break your exercise time up into smaller amounts of time, such as 10 minutes if you have trouble fitting a workout into your schedule. If you’re not used to exercising, keep it simple and go walking or do stretches to stay active.
Get More Sleep
If you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system can suffer. This puts you at an increased risk of becoming sick this cold and flu season. You can get more sleep by avoiding naps and caffeine late in the day, going to bed and getting up around the same times each day and avoiding looking at screens before you go to bed.
Get a Flu Shot
Flu shots protect you from certain strains of the flu. Although you might still get sick, you should have milder symptoms when you’ve been immunized. Just keep in mind that flu shots typically take a couple of weeks to become effective.
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