As summer nears an end and flu season is just around the corner, there is an added layer of concern this year. Many health experts are warning Americans about a potential second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic and how it will impact individuals’ health in the fall and winter seasons. A second wave refers to the possible resurgence of COVID-19 cases in your area.
While many experts are discussing the importance of developing a vaccine to protect individuals from COVID, there are other things you can do to protect yourself from a potentially harmful second wave while that is still being developed.
This is one of the most important things you can do any time of the year, but especially during flu season or when a potential second wave of COVID is coming.
Building your immune system is ideal because it will prepare your body to fight off anything that can compromise your health, fight off diseases, and help you to recover quicker in the event you get sick.
Building your immune system involves eating foods that boost immunity, taking vitamin supplements, not smoking, and limiting your alcohol intake.
When it comes to your diet, here are some things to consider doing:
You could also eat foods that contain anti-viral properties such as:
Building your immune system also involves getting enough sleep and taking vitamins like a multivitamin or immune-boosting supplements such as Vitamin C (please consult your doctor before adding or changing any foods/supplements to your diet).
Regular exercise is important for everyone under normal circumstances. However, here are a few reasons why exercise is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Strength training is meant to improve your body’s strength and stamina. Strength training has also been proven to increase muscle mass in adults and decrease fat mass. Beyond that strength training also leads to improved coordination, better cognitive function, higher bone density, and reduced back pain all of which helps to improve your overall health.
If strength training isn’t for you, walking or running is another great option. Whether you opt for a walk outside or on the treadmill, both do wonders for your health, as they both improve your immunity. In fact a study by Harvard Health found that those who walked at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, had 43% fewer sick days than those who exercised once a week or less.
HIIT or high-intensity interval training is when you perform an exercise hard as you can, for a set time (usually anywhere from 20 to 60 seconds), and then resting for the same amount of time. Not only is this a great exercise to burn calories fast, but studies also show that a 30-second all-out sprint on a bike produced a 450% increase in human growth hormone production, which functions to repair brain and muscle tissues, boost metabolism, and aid in fat loss.