No one likes being sick. Whether you’re laid up with the common cold, the flu or another common illness, being under the weather is both uncomfortable and disruptive to daily life. Fortunately, there are several simple ways to avoid contracting harmful viruses and bacteria.
Wash Your Hands Frequently
Washing your hands thoroughly several times a day is one of the most effective ways to both avoid getting sick and reduce your chances of passing harmful germs, bacteria or viruses on to others. In order to maintain germ-free hands, you should wash with soap and warm water for at least twenty seconds before eating, after using the bathroom and after sneezing or coughing.
Sleep at Least Seven Hours Each Night
Getting at least seven hours of quality sleep per night is essential to your overall health, which includes your body’s ability to fight off infection. A recent study found that adults who slept only five to six hours per night and were exposed to a cold virus were significantly more likely to develop symptoms than those who slept at least seven hours.
Those who performing aerobic exercise, such as running, walking, biking or swimming, a few times per week tend to catch colds less frequently. In addition, when they do fall ill, they normally recover more quickly than their sedentary counterparts. Experts believe that the benefits come from flushing out the lungs through deep breathing and from the balancing of stress hormones. It is important not to overdo it, however, as working out to the point of exhaustion can easily do more harm than good over time.
Suffering through some periods of sickness is part of being human, but there are several easy and effective ways to increase your chances of staying healthy. In addition to following the behaviors listed above, you should consume plenty of fruits and vegetables, stay away from those who are sick and carry hand sanitizer (to use in situations where it is not possible to wash your hands). Good luck and stay safe!