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5 Habits to Keep you Healthy this Winter

Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 5:20PM

5 Habits to Keep you Healthy this Winter



Bad news- it is that time of year when everyone seems to be getting sick. From the flu to the common cold, the headlines report this is a particularly bad season. Ready for the good news? It is not inevitable that you get sick this winter. Here are 5 precautions you can take to help safeguard yourself.


  1. Wash your hands often- Hand washing will limit the amount of germs you come in contact with. If you are out running errands be sure to give your hands a good scrubbing. The CDC recommends washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to kill the germs on your hands. Viruses can be picked up from just about anywhere including shopping carts, gas pumps, door handles, pens, ATMS, railings of stairs, light switches, and water fountains. If you can’t get to a sink, use an alcohol- based sanitizer for a quick germ killer.


2. Hands off- Viruses spread in many ways including through the air and personal contact with an infected person. Keeping your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth will help stop the spread of germs into your body.


3. Don’t share- While it is common sense to keep your distance from anyone that is sick, it is also smart to avoid sharing food or drinks with others. Even though a person may not be showing symptoms of illness, you never know what germs they are incubating. Better play it safe and get your own.  


4. Keep a healthy balance- Give your body a fighting chance to kick the germs. Eat healthy, drink lots of water, stay physically active, get an adequate amount of sleep, and avoid letting yourself get run down by stress. These healthy habits will keep your immune system strong and better able to fight illness.


5. Sanitize your space- Keep the germs under control by cleaning and disinfecting surfaces around your house or work. A good place to start is your cell phone. Viruses can live on an object for up to 48 hours!


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