Protect Your Workout from the Flu

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Have you gotten your flu shot yet?

Don’t let getting the flu throw you off your fitness game. Seasonal flu can take its toll on your body – aches, pains, sluggish muscles, difficulty breathing – and usually sticks around for a couple of weeks. This can really slow down your regular exercise routine and still take you a couple more weeks to get to where you were before getting sick. Do the math – that’s a month-long setback that can be prevented:

  • Get your flu shot – this is the best way to protect yourself and those around you, especially people with a weak immune system or an egg allergy who can’t get the flu shot themselves.
  • Practice good hand hygiene – wash your hands often with soap and warm water and use hand sanitizer when available.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes to help prevent the spread of germs.
  • Wipe down gym equipment before AND after use; check for hand sanitizer when entering and leaving a fitness classroom – a little pump can go a long way.

The flu season hits is peak between January and March – so NOW is the best time to protect yourself, your family, as well as others around you (like your fitness instructor and others in your class!)

If you do start to feel sick, slow your exercise routine down. A light routine can increase blood flow and the oxygen supply to your immune system, and help to to fight the infection. Exercising too hard will weaken your system, letting those germs stick around for too long.

Here’s to a healthy winter season!

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