Oh god. You’re friend just sneezed all over your lunch. There goes the avocado toast you were looking forward to all day, thanks a lot. The days are shorter and the nights are colder and the last thing you need is to get sick, right? Here are a few strategies to fight the flu and protect your immune system (and your lunch).
Put on your headphones and zone out
Listening to the right music sends shivers down your spine and, according to research, could boost your immune system. Why not try karaoke? Sing your heart out to Madonna and clear your lungs or find a yoga studio lounge and snuggle up with Spotify. If the facts are right, then music is a pretty effective method of prevention.
Eat what your mum tells you
Mum knows best, even science agrees that drinking water jacks up your immune system. Got dry lips? Then you know it’s time to hydrate. Make your mum’s famous soup and use fresh goodies packed with mild anti-inflammatory properties like garlic, ginger and coconut oil. Also try adding beets, green tea and miso to your diet and combat those germs. A lot of gyms have a freakin’ good kitchen, so hang around after your workout and have a healthy shake or soup as a perfect post-workout meal.
Laugh out loud with your friends
Emotions seriously impact your health. Anger and grief lower your mood, while laughter does the complete opposite. A good laugh increases infection-fighting antibodies. Laughter also increases circulation, stimulates digestion, lowers blood pressure and reduces muscle tension. So search for a class that will give you the giggles and invite your workout buddy along.
Move your body (but not too much)
Regular, moderate exercise is the fuel for your body’s self-defence system. It strengthens your cardiovascular health, reduces stress and makes you less cranky. So why not book a yoga flow or go for a run. That being said, too much exercise increases the chances of infection. So don’t go overboard.
Chill the hell out
Drop your worries. Meditating actually lowers the chance of catching the flu, common cold and other infections. Practicing yoga and chanting can also prevent stress hormones to rise (if you have no idea what the teacher is saying, play it safe with OMM). If you’re not feeling yoga, try pampering your body with a trip to your local spa or wellness – it’s perfect place for some ‘me time’.
Need some inspiration? Boost your immune system with these fun activities:
Whole Body Cyro at N-Ice
Candle Light Flow at Hot Flow Yoga Jordaan
Hot Yin Yoga and Spa entry at Spa Zuiver
Ice Skating at Jaap Eden Ijsbaan
Fitness and Wellness at Wellness Club Rotterdam
Lane Swimming at Van Maanenbad
Ouderwets Gymnen at ApenkooiGym Rotterdam
Padel at Padelclub Victoria
Spa entry at Kurhaus Spa
Ice Skating at de Uithof
Yin Yoga at Balanz Veenkade
Ouderwets Gymmen at ApenkooiGym
Bootcamp at Buitengewoon Fit
Healing Hatha at Yoga Moves Oost
Bikram Yoga at Bikram Yoga Utrecht