As I reach my one-year anniversary this month of being back in the fitness game, I continue to feel more and more vested and determined to not only maintain all of my progress, but to continue to set new goals and reach them! One aspect of our health and wellness that can often get overlooked is preventive care for our immune systems. It unfortunately is the season of sick, and it’s important we not only stay fit and active but take care of ourselves to stay healthy!
Here are some ways that I like to keep a tap on my immune system, stay-in tune with my body and also work preventatively against getting sick!
Sleep: One of the most important ways to stay healthy is making sure you get enough rest. I’ve become more attuned to my body when it’s asking for this and have learned not to fight it anymore. When the body needs sleep – give it sleep, it’s helping you store-up and fight off anything brewing within.
Daily Echinacea: This is a herbal natural supplement* that supports immune health and helps fight off illnesses. I take echinacea daily for preventative, and multiple times a day (based off the label) when I am starting to feel not well. It has helped in many instances were I feel I’m coming down with something and I swear by it.*
Vitamin C: This is another supplement that I have in my daily routine on top of echinacea to help build up that immune system as preventative care. When I’m starting to feel a tinge of something come on, I double up on Vitamin C. Emergency-C packets are a great thing to have around the house in those situations to give an extra boost.*
Exercise. Yup! Regular exercise promotes general good health which in turn benefits your immune system health as well. On the flip side, just like sleep, I’ve learned to listen to my body when I need to take a break on exercise (for rest!) but I’ve also gauge when I can push myself and still exercise to release the toxins. Maintaining this into your routine helps promote that healthy lifestyle.
There are many other factors that can affect your immune and general health like stress, your diet and eating the proper nutrient foods, and even alcohol intake. When working to maintain a healthy lifestyle and work towards fitness goals, it’s important to maintain your best self to reach those! This includes actively working towards your immune health daily and not just when you’re starting to feel sick. Remember that if you’re sick all the time you won’t be hitting the gym or reaching any of those goals!
*DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor and never will claim to be one, so please consult with yours on what would work best for you to help support your immune health on a daily basis.