Nobody likes getting sick, especially us runners,
because it keeps us off the road, so here are some tips to help you stay winter
Your hands are a germ factory, so make sure you wash
them often and well, with warm, soapy water several times a day. Try to carry a
hand sanitiser with you and use it several times daily. Also, try to rather use
a paper towel to dry your hands and not a towel used by everyone else. And keep
your hands away from your nose and mouth wherever possible, so that they don’t
attract additional germs.
Colds and flu are spread by viruses, which can easily
spread from surface to person and person to person. Try to carry an alcohol-based
cleanser with you to sterilise any surfaces that might be putting your health
at risk. Antiseptic wipes should also be used to clean desktops and phones
Exercise to build your immunity. By working out and
making your heart pump a little faster, you strengthen your immune system.
Get at least eight to ten hours of sleep a night to
prevent your immune system from weakening and making you more susceptible to
colds and flu.
Eat large quantities of fresh fruit and vegetables,
which support your immune system.
Despite your best efforts,
you still can feel like you’re “coming down with something.” Here are
some things you can do to help your body recover more quickly:
Eliminate dairy products.
Eliminate grains (bread, rice, pasta, etc.).
Boost your Vitamin C (with bioflavanoids) intake when
you initially feel something coming on.
Boost your intake of Zinc.
Increase water consumption – even more than normal!
Eat less food, as this will give your body a much-needed
rest from digestion and give it a chance to concentrate on fighting off
Add herbs like Echinacea, Goldenseal and Grapefruit
Seed Extract to your supplemental regime.
Get more rest than normal. If you normally get six
hours of sleep a night, try increasing it to seven or eight.
SOURCES: Vicks Press
release, June 2012, Health24