Stay healthy during the flu season

“A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” – Tom Stoppard

Here’s something you should be spreading this season (*hint* it’s not the flu) –

A positive attitude.

As flu season is still upon us – it’s time to grab a workout buddy and catch a good ‘tude. You’ll be making #gainz beyond the gym, but in the immune department.

Two big things will happen.

Recent research has found that not only is a positive attitude contagious, but being surrounded by it while exercising is a double whammy for your health.

  1. Working out could help ups fight off colds and other infections by placing stress on the body. This triggers an inflammatory effect to help the body heal itself as it fights invading microbes.
    • recent study observed the different effects of exposure to infection in mice who swam and those who didn’t. They found the infected swimmers had much lower levels of these pro-inflammatory cells than the non-exercisers AND the sickened swimmers were producing more antimicrobial immune cells. Two reasons this happened – 1. the reduced fatness in the swimmers lessened the excessive levels of pro-inflammatory substances and 2. the small amounts of continuous muscle damage and inflammation allowed the body to become used to this trauma and know how to best initiate healing.
  2. Emotions are easily passed on from person to person…simply said, being around happy people makes you feel better.
    • A bad attitude is contagious . . . fortunately, so is a positive attitude. The choice is yours. That ol’ excuse on how you can’t get out of bed when sick…well….listen to your body, get rest, stay healthy but most importantly stay positive and active..because the flu isn’t the only thing you can catch and spread.

There is no better time than today to get healthy…and now there’s no easier way than at COR.

What are you doing this week to get your mind and body right? What kind of attitude are you spreading – are you the germ or the dose of Vit. C?

Written by Amanda Presgraves. Amanda is a senior Kinesiology major, Division I student-athlete and entrepreneur at James Madison University. As an advocate of health and personal growth, she’s on a constant pursuit to optimize life and inspire others through her commitment to healthy living. If you can’t find Amanda bouncing between the classroom, pool, kitchen, or volunteering, you can find her online as she continues to lead and motivate others towards a happier and improved life at COR through her article contributions, newsletters and community motivation. (@amandapgraves, linkedin).