The most wonderful time of the year has finally arrived! Unfortunately, cheer and merriment aren’t the only things being spread around this time of year. Wintertime comes with extra germs and chances to catch a cold or the flu if you’re not prepared.

While the gym can expose you to additional germs, don’t let that disrupt your routine this flu season. Together, we can minimize the germs that make it into the gym and keep our Energy FitFam happy and healthy. Here are a few quick tips to stay healthy all season long:

Keep your gym routine strong: Did you know that staying physically fit keeps your body operating at its peak health and gives your immune system a boost? When you’re consistent in your gym routine, your body will have an easier time fighting off illness if you are exposed to germs. If you’re feeling sluggish, try simply walking on the treadmill or signing up for a flowing yoga class.

Keep your hands clean: Start and end your workouts by sanitizing your hands to make sure you’re not bringing germs into the club or into your home. There are hand sanitizer stations around each club to make this easy for you to stay germ free. Also, don’t forget to wash your hands regularly!

Stay on top of your nutrition: While you’re filling up your plate at holiday celebrations, add a couple of extra servings of fruits and veggies. Your body will appreciate the extra vitamins and antioxidants, and it will thank you with health and energy. In a rush? You can also order a nutrient-rich smoothie from Energy’s juice bar!

Disinfect cell phones: Many people don’t realize the large number of germs carried on our phones as we touch them with our hands then to our faces throughout the day. Germs are easily transferred from phones to machines and other surfaces, so be sure to wipe yours down after your workout.

Rest if you need to: We’re all about staying consistent, but that consistency shouldn’t come at the risk of exposing others to a contagious illness. The best way to let your body recover is to rest, so give yourself permission to take a day or two off when needed. Just make sure to pick it back up as soon as you’re healthy!

Wipe off machines: Before you set your belongings down on a machine or touch one, make sure it’s clean. Be a courteous Energy member and wipe down machines before and after you use them each time. There are plenty of disinfecting wipes throughout each club to keep you and our equipment clean.

Stay hydrated: We can’t stress this one enough! While you should be drinking at least a half-gallon of water daily, it’s especially important during cold and flu season. Water not only helps keep your immune system elevated, it helps flush out any toxins if you do catch a bug. Keep a water bottle with you at all times to make water consumption easy.

The best way to stay healthy all year long is to stay on top of your fitness and your health. Our team is readily available to talk with you about your fitness goals for the upcoming year. Keep these tips in mind for a healthier winter season!

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