Well, as we all know at this point, much of the world is on edge about the Corona virus that, according to the media, seems to be spreading like wild fire.
The fact of the matter, it is spreading quickly.
However, I don’t believe it is any reason to panic, BUT that does not mean you shouldn’t be cautious.
Aside from the common sense practices like washing your hands, staying home when you are sick, using disinfectant, and when possible avoiding contact with other sick individuals, what else is it that you can do to reduce your chances of becoming sick?
1.) Get adequate sleep.
You want to aim to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep, but I know for a lot of you that is tough to do consistently. Just keep in mind that sleep is when the body repairs itself from the daily stressors and your immune system gets stronger. Sleep is when the body cleanses itself of toxins. When you reduce your sleep, then you are cutting the recovery process short, setting your body up to carry a weaker immune response to sickness. Try to get sleep.
2.) Stay hydrated.
This is a pretty basic principle that should be a goal day in and day out anyway. Your body is around 70% water. We need water for the basic bodily functions like transporting nutrients and regulating body temperature. When we are not hydrated enough, fatigue kicks in and muscle function, including the brain, start to slow down. Dehydration opens opportunities to get exhausted more quickly, have no energy, and hinder the process of flushing toxins from your system.
3.) Eat more whole, mineral rich foods.
Having a diverse plate with colorful foods means you are getting the minerals and nutrients your body needs to stay strong. From reducing inflammation to fighting off free radicals, nourishing your body with more nutrients helps the immune system stay strong and fight off viruses and sickness to keep you out of the bed.
4.) Exercise when you can.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just get moving. Being strong means stronger joints, stronger muscles, and lower stress levels. Chronic stress is known to keep you in a negative, catabolic state, making your immune system more vulnerable to getting attacked. Working out boost your energy levels and releases hormones that enhance mood and put you in an anabolic state. So make time for exercise.
These are 4 simple steps that you can take to help keep your immune system strong and reduce your chances of getting sick (again don’t forget the extreme basics like washing hands of course)
Try making these a normal habit Corona Virus or not, and just be overall better!
Oh yea and avoid watching too much news, and check your sources. Facebook and Instagram probably aren’t the most reliable.
Also, for those of you who made the choice to stay home and don’t want to stay in the house until this thing passes, here is a home training program that you can do right from your living room.