Do you get sick often? Wish you could avoid getting every cold and flu bug that circulates your office? Here are three things you may not have tried...
1. They skip the gym and exercise outside: Not only will you avoid the gym germs (and the guy who hacking up a lung on the treadmill next to you), but the combo of sunlight and fresh air may actually have an immune-boosting effect on your body, say experts (which is why I love my outdoor jogs).
2. They get massages and relax a lot more: Maybe it means taking a hot bath, talking your sweetie into giving you a back massage (massage has been clinically proven to reduce stress hormones in the body), or, yes, just going to bed a little early tonight--whatever you can do to relieve tension and combat stress is great for your body's immune system, say experts. The higher the load of stress hormones in your body, the more likely it is you're going to come down with the sniffles. So take a deep, calming breath right now!
3. They go out on Saturday nights! This one's surprising, but researchers have long known a surprising fact: Extroverts get fewer colds and flu viruses. This seems counter-intuitive given that extroverts are exposed to more viruses, right? Yes, but researchers believe that it may have more to do with the happiness-factor of having a full social life that protects our bodies from infection.