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Showing posts with label staying healthy. Show all posts
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

#WellnessWednesday: 10 Tips to Keep Colds and Flu Away

It’s that time of year, Trucking Nation. Yes, we know the holidays are over, but cold and flu season is well under way! We also know that you don’t need any extra down time, so we’ve gathered several tips on how to keep those cold and flu viruses from taking up residence in you.

Consider these ideas as preventative maintenance for your body. Some are common sense—others might not seem so obvious at first. All will keep you healthy and feeling good.

  1. Frequent hand washing. Your hands are magnets for germs, and germs carry viruses. Consider all the things you touch every day that others also touch. You can easily see how germs can end up on your hands. And since you touch your eyes, nose, and mouth, where most viruses enter the body many times every day, keeping your hands clean is essential for keeping those viruses from infecting you.
  2. Keeping surfaces clean. As we just said, there are many places that others touch every day that you also touch. By keeping doorknobs, sink handles and knobs, keyboards, etc. as clean as possible, you can minimize the number of germs that you come into contact with each day.
  3. Avoiding touching public surfaces. Avoid those areas in public that either you can’t or aren’t practical to clean. Places like card pads in stores, pens, and again, doorknobs, just to name a few, can be loaded with germs. For those times you can’t avoid touching such surfaces, carrying hand sanitizer can keep the germs you come into contact with during the day to a minimum.
  4. Stop biting your nails. Believe it or not, germs love to hide under your nails. Biting them allows them to enter you body more quickly.
  5. Exercise. Regular exercise boosts your immune system, and your immune system is what fights those germs that you weren’t able to avoid.
  6. Hydrate. Your body thrives on water, and a strong body means a strong immune system. 
  7. Get enough sleep. Making sure you’re getting 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night is yet another way to keep your immune system strong.
  8. Eat Healthy. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables and lean meat will also keep your immune system at its best.
  9. Use a humidifier. Germs thrive in dry air. Keeping the air around you humid will minimize the germs in your environment, and also keep your body’s airways from drying out, thereby keeping germs from invading your body.
  10. Get a flu shot. When all else fails, a flu shot may be your last line of defense. Many insurance plans pay for them, and you can get immunized against the flu at most pharmacies.
These tips are not meant to be exhaustive. There are many other ways to keep yourself healthy and cold and flu-free this winter. Keep yourself informed, and most of all, stay healthy!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

#Wellness Wednesday: Staying Healthy through the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us and in full swing. This means plenty of opportunities to give, to make merry with family and friends, and, unfortunately, to overindulge and to fall off our healthy routine in general. Truckers in particular can feel a double whammy this time of year. The combination of holiday excesses and the usual struggles of staying healthy on the road can be particularly challenging. But don’t fear, Trucking Nation, because we’ve got plenty of tips and ideas to keep you on track and staying healthy this holiday season.

Just a Few Cookies….

Eating is perhaps the most difficult area to maintain balance this time of year. An overabundance of sweets and treats, as well as all the parties where food is often the focus, can derail the best healthy eating plans. Combine this with the lack of healthy food alternatives on the road, and the picture can become almost bleak for the conscientious eater.

The important thing to remember here is balance. Expecting yourself to stay super healthy this time of year is to invite frustration. Let yourself have a few treats, just don’t overdo it and get too far off track. Having a little flexibility in your eating routine can provide you with just the right amount of room for enjoying the delicious alternatives that are available this time of year.

Stress Less

Stress is another ever-present aspect of the holiday season. The constant rush of people around us, getting together with family, and paying for gifts can all combine with the constant pressures of the road to really get you in a big ball of stress. But by remembering your stress reduction techniques, such as meditation and relaxation, you can make this holiday season pleasurable and even exciting.

Move More

One of the best ways to reduce stress is exercise. We all know how hard it can be to stay active on the road, but by keeping your exercise routine this time of year you can keep yourself happy and healthy. Whether it’s a short walk around your rig or around a rest stop, or something more structured, a little bit of exercise can be a real key to a joyful holiday season.

Keeping yourself on your healthy lifestyle track during the holidays will keep you feeling good, and leave you with a few less resolutions to make this New Year’s Day.

We here at ExpressTruckTax love providing you with ideas that make your life easier, just like ExpressTruckTax simplifies your taxes and keeps your life running smoothly. You can reach us at 704.234.6005 for phone support and by email at anytime.

We look forward to hearing about your successes with staying healthy during the holidays. You can post your stories on our Facebook page or tweet them at us on Twitter. Not only do we enjoying reading your posts and tweets, your feedback helps us to provide you with the best service possible.

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