Outdoor Enthusiasts Guide to Staying Healthy

Flu season is here and it seems like everyone is getting sick. Whether you go to school, work, or any public place, you are sure to hear people coughing and sneezing. If you are like me, you'll do anything to avoid catching a cold or the flu because you've got that big hike, run or ski vacation coming up this weekend. I've gathered the following tips to help you avoid getting sick so you can continue to enjoy your outdoor adventures.

Top 4 Tips for Outdoor Enthusiasts to Avoid Getting Sick

1. Wash Your Hands: Better yet, don't go anywhere without wearing your gloves. A nice Gore-Tex Glove is sure to keep those pesky germs away from your hands. Typing can be difficult, especially with mittens, but a slight decrease in your productivity is worth it to avoid catching the flu.

2. Keep Germs Away From Your Nose and Mouth: This one is easy, pull out your neck gaiter or balaclava from your gear stash and cover your face anytime you are in public. This is the only sure way to be safe at the office, school or grocery store.

3. Avoid Sick People: Sweet, get away from your office for a while and take a hike. You are sure to stay away from sick people while you hike a remote mountain peak. You can enjoy the outdoors, the solitude and keep yourself healthy. It's a win/win.

4. Stay Hydrated: Studies show that staying well hydrated helps keep you healthy. If you must go to work or school be sure to throw on a Camelbak hydration system. You'll have plenty of water with you anywhere you go.

There you have it. The top tips for an outdoor enthusiast to avoid getting sick. I hope these tips help you staying healthy and feeling good all season long. If you have any other ideas feel free to share them with us in the comments below.
Andy Hawbaker
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Andy Hawbaker
Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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