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Many of us have experienced the early fall symptoms following the changing seasons and the inflow of bacteria our kids bring home from school. With a busy schedule it is important to follow a few simple tips to ensure your own health, as well as the health of your families and coworkers. 

1.   Get enough sleep

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. This number seems impossible to many people, but adjusting your schedule to increase sleep time can have a lot of benefits including increased memory and attention, decreased stress and anxiety, and improved attitude at work and at home. Aside these important health benefits, we all know the struggle of waking up to a loud alarm after not getting quite enough rest.

 

2.   Drink enough fluids throughout the day

Everyone should be drinking about half of their body weight in ounces of water each day. This is an easy habit to change. It can be as easy as bringing extra water bottles on the go, investing in reusable bottles to refill throughout the day, and just beginning and ending the day with a glass of water. Beverages such as coffee tend to dehydrate the body, especially with overconsumption throughout the day. Making sure to make up for these caffeinated beverages is also important in avoiding dehydration.

 

3.   Include 30 minutes of physical activity in your day

We have all heard this dreaded advice before. Some of us may have even joined a gym in hopes of being motivated to go. While making the time to go to the gym or take a run on a local track is encouraged, there are many substitutes for those running on a tight schedule. Downloading an exercise app to your phone can be easy and free, and allows you to get a few minutes of physical activity in right in your living room. Also, keeping track of your steps throughout the day with different wrist bands, helps to increase motivation to get to higher step counts. It could make a big difference to walk away from your desk every hour to walk up and down the stairs a few times just to get your heart going.

 

4.   Include plenty of fruits & vegetables in your diet

This is another piece of advice that is common, and also something that has become easier and even more enjoyable. Including fruit in your morning routine, and vegetable servings with both lunch and dinner is a great habit to start. Including green vegetables, such as spinach and kale, is also beneficial because they have vitamins A & C which are illness preventatives.

 

5.   Stay clear of other sick people

Enough said…

 

For more information on how Carriage Trade Insurance can help you, your family, and your business, please call us at (516)358-5600 or e-mail mjakob@carriagetradeinsurance.com. 

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