In the United States, colds account for more visits to the doctor than any other condition, according to the American Lung Association. However, these highly contagious infections don’t need to ruin your winter fun. There are so many great ski resorts and hiking trails waiting for a weekend getaway, so make sure you’re able to enjoy the season by following these simple tips.
• Prepare as much as possible. If you experience symptoms a couple of days before a big ski trip with friends, take the extra effort to keep it from progressing. Try to give yourself 10 hours of sleep a night, drink plenty of liquids and ditch your usual after-work outings for relaxing nights at home.
• Protect yourself from added irritants. Cold, dry air may be making your cold worse than it actually is. Remember your sunglasses when outside, and be strict about moisturizing your face and lips daily.
• Listen to your body. Exercise is still good for the common cold if you already exercise regularly, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Take regular and frequent breaks, though, if you start to feel worse.
• Keep your cold from spreading. When loved ones get sick from you but are still in close quarters, you may find yourself getting worse instead of better. Follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and wash your hands frequently, disinfect often, and avoid contact with others when possible.
For additional information, visit www.cdc.gov/features/rhinoviruses/ or www.lung.org/