Or how I want everyone around me, who is sneezing, coughing, wheezing and just plain miserable to take care of themselves.
There you have it. Everywhere I look, people are miserable, fighting the flu or other nasty bugs. Maybe you’ve already gotten the flu vaccine, but that doesn’t mean you’re fully protected (sorry!). Some people develop a higher immunity than others; but sadly, the success rate hovers at about 60 percent.
News Flash: If you exercise before or after you get the shot, you can boost its effectiveness – honest. Exercise activates part of your immune system. Here’s some info about that phenomenon.
So, what else can you do to improve your odds of staying healthy?
- Get enough sleep. Lack of shut-eye suppresses your body’s immune system and its ability to fight off illness.
- Since you’re spending more time indoors with other people (and their germs), make sure to
shun all contactwash your hands thoroughly if you’ve touched/shaken hands with your friends or neighbors. (Repiratory viruses can live on…and on…and on).
- Stock up on alcohol hand gels – they’re easy to carry around and handy to use if you get stuck somewhere sans soap and water.
- If you use a humidifier to keep the lining of your nostrils moist, make sure to refill it daily – and use distilled water, since water can harbor bacteria.
Spring is coming…but just not soon enough!