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Tips for Avoiding the Common Cold & 2016 Wellness Goals Update

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A while back I shared my healthy goals for 2016. They included working out two to three times a week, spending more active time with my family, increasing flexibility, reducing wine consumption, and decreasing stress. I’m happy to report that I’m doing a great job of achieving my fitness goals so far this year! I’ve done at least three cross-fit workouts per week, every week since the beginning of January, and I’m so encouraged by the muscles I’ve got in my arms for the first time in my entire life!!

Tips for Avoiding the Common Cold & 2016 Wellness Goals Update

However, working out has been a little tricky the last couple of weeks because I’ve had my first cold of the year and I’m not feeling all that great. Working out is hard enough when I feel fine, but when I don’t feel that great it is not fun at all! Luckily there are a few tips for avoiding the common cold and I’m happy to share them with you today!

Tips for Avoiding the Common Cold

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Tips for Avoiding the Common Cold & 2016 Wellness Goals Update

Eat Delicious Foods –

Kiwi, yogurt, honey, and almonds are all touted for their ability to reduce symptoms of the common cold, along with oysters, chicken soup, and garlic according to a 2016 Time magazine article. We eat a lot of homemade chicken noodle soup in the winter and I certainly add winter smoothies and yogurt parfaits to the menu quite often to help keep us all healthy. It’s easy to stay healthy when you love healthy foods!

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Wash your Hands –

Just in case you have forgotten, it’s really important to wash hands often! A thorough scrub with warm water and soap is really all you need. I’d recommend you stay away from antibacterial soaps because you don’t need them and they might not be good for you at all. Also keep your fingers out of your eyes and nose, too. You might be surprised how often you absentmindedly touch your face throughout the day. I know I was when I started paying attention to it!

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Get Enough Sleep –

A 2009 experiment by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University showed that people who sleep less than 7 hours are nearly three times more likely to come down with colds than people who sleep 8 hours or more a night. I happen to love my sleep so I’ll just add this benefit to my long list of reasons for making sure I get enough sleep!

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How are you doing with your 2016 wellness goals? I’d love to hear how things are going for you!

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankNicky says

    These are all really good tips. I am doing okay with my New Year’s goals. Working out has gone by the wayside, but work related goals are on task.

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