Tis the season for sniffles and sneezes, aches and pains. As we gather with friends and family from near and far, we often share viruses and bacteria along with good cheer. Here are five ways to stay healthy despite the parties, snacks, booze and lack of snooze time during the holidays.
1.) Wash your hands. It’s one of the most important things you can do to stop the spread of germs and stay healthy, according to the CDC. Sing the refrain of “Jingle Bells” every time you lather up with warm water and soap. Wash up:
- Before, during and after preparing food
- Prior to eating food
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
2.) Put away the food. There are many rules for preparing a safe buffet. Don’t count on traditions to get it right. At a minimum, refrigerate or freeze meat, poultry, eggs, seafood and other perishables within two hours of cooking, according to the FDA. If it’s been sitting out longer, toss it.
3.) Eat a healthy diet. Certain foods have antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Maybe you can whip up one of these recipes for your family’s get together!
4.) Lose the booze and hit the snooze. Rest is renowned for its restorative properties; make sure you carve out time for regular sleep. And avoid too many night caps, as alcohol can interfere with restorative rest.
5.) Make time for your workouts. It’s hard to get in your regular sweat sessions when you’re extra busy during the holidays. But it can be your greatest weapon against the cold and flu. Keep your routine, and be sure to use that sanitizing spray and hand sanitizer at Max often to protect yourself and everyone else!