Several careers put people at the front lines of exposure to flus,colds, and other winter illnesses; fitness professionals including instructorsand trainers are just a few who must be extra cautious about spreadingillnesses between themselves, clients, and other colleagues. Here are a few tips from them on how to stayhealthy and cold-free during the next few months of the winter season.
Trainer Juliet Stovall advises her clients and other trainers to follow doctor’sadvice and wash hands frequently. Thisstep is recommended by the CDC as the number one way to prevent colds andflus. Washing hands cleanses the germsand bacteria from the skin, preventing it from entering the body when a personinadvertently touches their face, or eats something small and their fingerstouch the mouth. It’s simple, effective,and important for overall hygiene during all seasons.
Although it’s cold and drinking cold water may seem counterproductive towarming the body, it’s still important to hydrate. Even though the body may not sweat as muchduring colder weather, it’s still important to keep fluid flowing and bloodpumping. Eating well goes right alongwith this as well; properly fed and hydrated bodies are more able to fight offdiseases, and recover quicker if they do strike.
Sleep is another factor in ensuring the body is able to fight offillnesses, and allows for quicker recovery when a cold or flu does happen toinvade the system. Approximately 7-8hours every night is necessary for good rest and recovery, even when flus andcolds are not a threat.
Exercise is another important key to keep the body healthy overall, asit boost immunity and keeps the mind healthy and assist in positive thinking –all of which can aid in recovery time. But, if a person is feeling ill or has a cold, it’s best to stay awayfrom the gym and rest up. Trainers whohave clients with colds or flus give them plenty of space during the workouts,but also recommend that a day off from a workout routine is sometimes the bestway to recover – and keep the people around a person healthy as well, toprevent further spread of the pesky illness that cloud the winter season.
Staying healthy all year round is important, but when the cold outsidekeeps us inside and confined, colds and flus can spread easily. Following these steps will not only keep asingle person healthy, but will help stall the spread of the various illnessesthat pester us during the winter and spring months.
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