Start the Year off Right: National Stay Healthy Month

healthDid you know that this month is National Stay Healthy Month? Winter months are the most severe time of the year for flu infections, and this year the risk is even bigger than usual. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have put out a press release stating that the strand of flu targeted in this season’s flu vaccine is not the strand of flu that is making the rounds. So even if you got a flu shot like you should have in October, you might still be at risk.

So, All Weather Contractors would like to help focus on yourself and share with you a few things you can do to stay healthy. Here are 10 ideas to get you started on the right foot:

1. Take a multivitamin every day. Multivitamins are a helpful tool in preventative healthcare and can boost your immune system to keep illness at bay.

2. Exercise regularly. Take time out of every day to be active. This might include a 30 minute walk or a trip to the gym.

3. Wash your hands often. Washing your hands regularly can prevent the spread of germs and can help prevent you from getting sick. Washing your hands regularly can result in a 24% reduction in cold infections.

4. Get sleep. Make sure you get to bed early during the winter. Not getting enough sleep can wear down your immune system and increase your risk of illness. Research shows that every adult requires at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night for optimal wellbeing.

5. Dress appropriately for the weather. Even if you are just leaving the house for a few minutes, it’s important to always have the right clothing on, which includes closed toe shoes and a coat. Sandals aren’t practical this time of year, even if you anticipate it warming up before the end of the day.

6. Eat plenty of greens. Multivitamins aren’t necessarily enough. Make sure you are eating a well-balanced diet complete with protein and leafy greens. Most nutritionists recommend that you eat at least three servings of greens every day. In servings of leafy greens, which are ideal, this adds up to about three cups.

7. Don’t forget to drink water. Since it isn’t so hot, many people cut down on their water intake. You should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day. Don’t pack away your water bottle with your summer clothes!

8. Cut out the sugar. Sugar is proven to exacerbate illness by weakening your immune system. The holiday treats were sweet, but it is time to get back to your regular diet to prevent illness from striking.

9. Cut the workload. One of the best things you can do for yourself this time of year is recognize the stress that you are under and manage your workload appropriately. Cutting back just a bit can mean you are able to stay healthy and focused all season.

10. If you’re sick, stay home! The biggest reason illnesses are transferred from one person to another is because the individual who is sick doesn’t take care of themselves and appropriately quarantine until they aren’t contagious. If you do get sick, do yourself a favor and get the rest you need while doing everyone else a favor by not spreading it around. Research shows that more than a third of seasonal illness can be eliminated if everyone just stayed home rather than passing it forward.