As the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans are concerned with how to stay healthy with the onset of cold and flu season. As the colder months approach, we will spend more time indoors, potentially increasing the spread of the coronavirus. With the added risk of coronavirus spreading in tight spaces, strengthening your immune system should be a top priority.
Making a commitment to adopt healthy lifestyle habits may seem daunting to some, but it is important to start slow and ease into new lifestyle changes. Incorporating one positive lifestyle change at a time will ensure changes are sustainable. Start by first adding to what you are currently doing versus completely eliminating old habits. If eating healthy is a challenge, try adding one fresh fruit or vegetable to your diet. If you are having trouble finding the time to exercise, first try walking 5-10 minutes during your lunch break or adding a stretch break between Zoom meetings. Try the buddy system by asking a friend or your spouse to commit to lifestyle changes with you. Having a buddy will help hold both of you accountable and creates a support system as you both work towards a healthier lifestyle.
It is important to note that individual needs will vary from one person to the next. Listen to your body and customize the list of healthy habits to fit your lifestyle.
Consult your doctor for additional guidance and refer to the Center for Disease Control for the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19.