There’s no question that the recent virus outbreak during this flu season has many wondering how they can best protect themselves. The daily routines of work, school, meetings, and other activities put all of us in contact with the public. So what essential precautions should we take now to stay healthy and continue thriving as we ride out the storm of flu, virus, and cold season? We’ve compiled this list of top 10 precautions to take to help yourself, your family, friends, and colleagues, so keep reading and share:

1. Learn to say hello without hand to hand contact

According to the CDC, washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If water and soap aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. So if you are shaking hands frequently in your daily affairs and can’t get to a sink every moment of the day, why not find other appropriate ways to say hello? A warm smile, elbow bump, or friendly wave can help you avoid unnecessary contact and spread germs.

2. Load up on high energy healthy nutrients

You’ve heard “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but what other foods have vital antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients to boost your immune system, improve the health of your GI tract and give you more energy? Visit this post to grab our quick list of ten fruits and vegetables you should load up on right now.

3. Exercise moderately and consistently

A healthy body needs to move! Moderate daily exercise is a must to get your blood flowing, lungs pumping, and muscles moving. If you don’t have a favorite workout or are afraid to go to the gym, then find a quick online video via YouTube or Aerobodies to exercise at home or in your office. Here’s a quick list of exercises that don’t require a lot of (or any) equipment and can get you moving now:

a) Squats
b) Lunges
c) Wall sits
d) Push-ups
e) Sit-ups/crunches
f) Walking or stairways
g) Jumping jacks
h) Jumping rope
i) Now add your favorite to this list.

4. Fill your pantry with the right variety

When disaster strikes, prevention and preparation are crucial to survival. So arm your pantry now with these high-energy, protein resources that have a good shelf life and can easily travel as needed:

a) Peanut butter
b) Nuts and trail mixes
c) Cereal, granola & power bars
d) Canned veggies
e) Canned salmon, chicken, turkey, or tuna
f) Dried fruits like apricots and cranberries
g) Canned soups and chili
h) Bottled water or mobile filtration system like the Berkey

5. Be Transparent and Encourage Others to Be

We’ve already mentioned avoiding unnecessary contact and the practice of social distancing, so what about those around you? Are your colleagues and family freaking out, making decisions you disagree with, like avoiding meetings or leaving work early? Rather than criticize, why not support their effort by sharing this list and other quick tips to help them stay healthy? Remember, we’re all in this together, so help your family and community thrive through mutual support.

6. Boost your Immune System

According to the CDC, those at high risk for contacting COVID-19, the Coronavirus, are young people, the elderly, and those with immune deficiencies. But everyone can benefit from improving their immune system to ward off illnesses and viruses. So check out our list of 15 Top Powerful Immune System Boosters that can feed your body, prevent colds, and ward off the flu.

7. Get the Support you Need

Looking for more assistance on preparing yourself or your workforce to stay healthy and vigilant during these stressful times? Hire a coach or professional to provide a webinar, training, or policy and procedures manual to help your team and workforce to stay healthy, thriving, and wise TODAY. Aerobodies can help, contact us today at 703-820-0217 or or set up a call now, and we’ll contact you.