It’s the holiday season, cue rampant Cyber Week deals, exciting discounts, gift-giving, and people rushing back to the studio to try to meet those resolutions before the New Year begins. Wherever you are in your health and fitness journey, we’re here to give you some simple tips about avoiding germs this holiday season because, let’s face it, being sick when you’re finally off of work is a total drag.

woman laying sick in bed


Minimize Stress When You Can

Undoubtedly, the holidays can be a crazy time of year. If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, don’t apologize for taking a (necessary) break. Self-care is invaluable. And it’s also helpful for you to feel refreshed when you return to regular activities. If you’re all out-of-sorts and overwhelmed, even something as simple as taking a walk, scheduling an evening class, or stretching before bed can help to improve your immune system and keep your body healthy.

Wash Your Hands

Okay, you knew this one was going to be included. Although simple, it’s such a basic way to avoid germs this holiday season and keep your body strong heading into the New Year. After every fitness class, every contact with a sick person, and before eating, wash your hands. It’s simple, but important.

Try To Stay Warm & Dry

Bacteria thrives in warm and wet environments. Be sure that if you’re sweating up a storm in your yoga class, you’re wiping down your mat when you get home, or washing those face cloths as soon as possible, instead of leaving them in your gym bag.

Stay Active

Did you know that the more active you are, the stronger your body will be? Seriously, your immune system is boosted (not to mention so many other body processes!) when you exercise. Even if it’s as simple as going to a 45-minute workout (PS: Schedule you can schedule one right here!) it can make the difference in how your body reacts and fights off potential infections.

Do you have other tips for avoiding germs this holiday season? Feel free to drop them below.

Marisa Donnelly

Marisa is a full-time freelance writer, editor, and fitness enthusiast located in Ocean Beach, San Diego. She is the author of the poetry collection, Somewhere On A Highway and founder of Be A Light LLC, a remote writing coaching/tutoring/editing services company.


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