6 Simple Ways to Stay Healthy This Winter

For most of us, winter brings two major concerns - shoveling snow and staying healthy. While you can't do anything about this year's snowfall, you can minimize your chance of catching the latest bug by following these six simple steps.

1. Thoroughly wash your hands. Yes, you're probably already doing this, but are you washing long enough? Use hot water and lots of soap, lathering for at least 30 seconds - about as long as it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice. Be sure to "save your work" by using a paper towel to shut off the faucet and open the bathroom door.

2. Turn away. Turn your head away from others and cough into your sleeve, elbow or tissue. Be sure to dispose of your tissue and wash your hands immediately to avoid spreading germs.

3. Keep moving. Exercise is an excellent way to stay healthy. A brisk walk of 20 minutes four or five times a week will help strengthen your immune system to fight off whatever comes your way.

4. Use antibacterial wipes. At work use antibacterial wipes on your phone and desk. Regularly wipe everything you frequently touch including your keyboard, mouse, pens, and desktop. At home, keep kitchen appliances and countertops, as well as bathroom surfaces and all door handles and light switches, wiped clean. At the store, take advantage of the antibacterial wipes often provided near the carts, a great place to pick up someone else's bug.

5. Hands off. Did you know that people touch their faces an average of fifteen times an hour? Keep your hands away from your mouth, nose and eyes, three prime germ entry spots.

6. Get your sleep. Sleep helps your body rejuvenate itself. When you're run-down, your resistance drops, making you more susceptible to getting sick.

Incorporate these tips into your daily routine and you'll stay ahead of the bug... and stay strong all winter long.



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