We’re rarely sick during the summer and, besides from the occasional allergy, it seems as if stuffy noses belong to the cold season exclusively. It’s not that strange, though, as the weather is biting cold and viruses spread through each corner of the office.
You could try to make 2019 your healthiest year yet by not allowing any of those seasonal illnesses to set you back. A common cold would, after all, mean that you have to stay away from the gym for a couple of weeks and, when you’re finally feeling well again, you have to start all over again with your exercise routine.
Don’t let this happen next year. Here is a handful of ways to make sure that you stay healthy and can breathe freely all the way through to May – or at least make it a bit more likely.
First: Eat, exercise and sleep
If your body should be under attack any time soon, it’s the time you spent in the gym as well as in your bed that will help you to fight back. Those who focus on staying healthy throughout the year and have a diet that goes along with this tend to avoid the common cold a bit more easily than others, after all, so it’s important to keep your exercise routine going.
One thing to keep in mind, however, and that could mean the difference between a strong and healthy body or a weak and sick body is how hard you push yourself.
It’s so easy to overdo it and make yourself weaker when you really should be trying to get stronger; take it easy in the gym, head off for a few shorter sessions a bit more often, and give yourself time to rest.
Without this, you won’t be able to fight off those viruses as well as you could have been if you just exercised a bit lighter.
Next: Have fun and be social
Staying healthy tends to focus a lot on everything physical but it is, in fact, a lot that depends on our mental well-being as well.
You can eat as healthy as you want and put away hours in the gym but it won’t really matter at all unless you’re actually happy – and a plate of fries shared with loved ones over a good conversation can, in fact, be quite healthy as you get to enjoy good company.
Keep this in mind when it comes to your older relatives this winter, by the way, and make sure that they know you’re there for them. Send your grandma a good night next rather than that random person you’ve been crushing on – she will definitely enjoy it a lot more.
Join them on walks sometimes, eat meals together, and have a good walk in clinic up your sleeve in case they should feel a bit sick this season. Just by knowing that you are there for them can make a huge difference on their health.
Now you should have what it takes to keep yourself as healthy as you can for a few months. Get a good night’s sleep, eat a nice meal, and enjoy the feeling of having a body that’s still strong and able for as long as possible.