Save Big on Immune System Boosters
As fall turns into winter and the holiday season draws near, millions of people will begin to develop these all-too-familiar symptoms; nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, a runny nose, and a sore throat. Hence, the cold season has begun! A cold can typically last anywhere from a week to 10 days and it can consequently have a major impact on our everyday lives. For avid fitness enthusiasts and bodybuilders, this means the possibility of disrupting your daily sports, and or, workout routines. Fortunately, there are at least 4 easy and proven ways you can limit your chances of getting sick this cold & flu season by giving your immune system a major boost!
Hit the Gym - AT LEAST 5 DAYS A WEEK. A recent study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that the frequency of colds among people who exercised at least five days a week was nearly half that of those who led primarily sedentary lifestyles, defined as exercising no more than once per week.
Wash Your Hands Frequently and Wipe Down Gym Equipment Before and After Use. Keeping your hands thoroughly sanitized is clearly the most common cold prevention recommendation, and for good reason. The United States Navy recently did a study involving 40,000 people and found that individuals cut their chances of contracting a chest cold by a whopping 45% if they regularly washed their hands. Several national prominent news publications including the New York Times and NBC News have done several stories that included testing and discovering alarming levels of germs and bacteria found on gym equipment. Therefore, the best precaution you can take to protect yourself in the gym this cold season is to wipe down gym equipment before and AFTER you use it.
Get Plenty of Rest. Perhaps the single most important thing you can do to boost your immune system is to get plenty of sleep; 6 - 7 hours a night minimum. Our bodies need ample time to rest and recoup from the physical and psychological stresses of daily life. During deep delta phase sleep, the body releases potent immune-boosting substances that strengthen immune system function.