This year, with added stresses and germs ever-present, it’s extra important to bundle up and do all you can to avoid catching the common flu – it’s the last thing you need.
Here are a few tips from Virtual Health Partners that will help keep your body healthy this season:
Stay active. Staying active is a huge component in keeping the flu at bay. Even a daily brisk walk helps elevate your heart rate, allowing your system to work more efficiently. Work out for just half an hour a day to help strengthen your immune system and keep viruses at bay this fall!
Stay home (if you can). When possible, it’s best to stay home to avoid exposure. We know that staying home is getting old, and many of us are eager to get back to our jobs, schools and gyms. As we wait, VHPGO will bring top-notch gym classes and nutrition experts to you, virtually. From dietitians, therapists and social workers to top-notch fitness instructors, VHP has 1:1 appointments and 24/7 on-demand fitness classes that will fit into your schedule.
Keep your hands clean. If we’ve learned anything in 2020, it’s the importance of keeping your hands clean and how easily germs are spread through a simple touch of a doorknob or handshake. As the weather gets colder, it is extra important to continue to scrub those paws and refrain from touching your face. Remember to keep hand sanitizer in your car, purse, pocket and at home for quick and effective cleansing.
Relax. High anxiety keeps our bodies in overdrive and, unfortunately, a stressed immune system is less than ideal for fighting viruses. Learn about mindfulness, how to meditate and take a breath to keep your system in peak condition. VHPGO has coaching classes and tips that will help you succeed.
RD: “Eating a balanced diet and staying hydrated is essential in maintaining a healthy immune system,” shares Rachel Daniels, Sr. Director of Nutrition at Virtual Health Partners. “Eat a variety of colourful fruits and vegetables to make sure that you are getting all the vitamins your body needs to stay in top shape. You don’t need to overload on supplements, but think orange, red, and a green vegetable like citrus fruits, squash, red peppers, and leafy greens to keep the flu at bay.”