Avoid Getting Sick This Season

By Sara Butler

This period on the calendar is something many people look forward to. You get together with friends and family for good times and memory-making! But if you’re sidelined by a runny nose, sore throat, or something even worse, it’s definitely not the happiest time of the year. You may be more susceptible to illness over the holidays year because you’re stressed out, you’re not eating right, and you’re not getting your workouts in. But, with a few strategies, you can navigate this time of the year easily and, more importantly, healthier!

Use Online Ordering

One of the best ways to avoid illness is to avoid people. Now, this doesn’t mean you need to move to a shack in the middle of Montana for six months of every year, but it does mean that if you don’t have to go out, then you shouldn’t! Plus, if you don’t go out, you can avoid touching the very dirty handles of shopping carts, most of which are riddled with E. coli and colistrom bacteria. That’s why you should order as many gifts and groceries as you can from the comfort and safety of your computer – in an effort to stay healthy!

Take Your Workout Outside

It may sound a bit counterintuitive since regular exercise strengthens your immune system, but going to the gym increases your chances of getting sick. A shocking 63 percent of the equipment in a gym is contaminated with a cold virus, according to the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. The best thing you can do is move your workout outside. It will help you to keep your exercise regular and get you the daily dose of Vitamin D from the sunshine that your body needs to stay healthy.

Proceed to Parties with Caution

Mingling with people may activate the alarm bells in your mind, but all that handshaking isn’t what you should be concerned about at a holiday party – the buffet is. Food left at room temperature for two long becomes a breeding ground for bacteria – a bacterial love shack that will make you sick. And during the holidays, a stomach bug is the last thing you want to strike since it can put a real damper on the holiday spirit.

If you eat at a party, do it at the beginning. Also, refrain from partaking in any food that feels lukewarm. Remember, shrimp cocktail is supposed to be cold! 

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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