Posts Tagged ‘common cold’

Being Sick Sucks

Posted: September 17, 2012 by jerkmag in CRISP -- health
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This past week we have witnessed, yet again, the indecisive weather of Syracuse, NY. We spent our Sunday bundled in pants and sweatshirts, only to find ourselves in tank tops and shorts on Wednesday. Yeah it’s nice to have a random 90 degree day in the middle of September, but to be honest, it’s not very good for your health (and neither are those quesadillas you eat from Schine’s Cafe).

So to help you all stay above the weather, I have put together the top five, best ways to avoid catching the cold this fall.

#1. Wash your hands
Everything that you touch is carrying hundreds and hundreds of germs. The door handles in Schine? Infested. The bathroom door? Even more infested. Don’t be that girl who tries to sneak her way out of the bathroom without anybody noticing she didn’t wash her hands. It is as simple as carrying around portable hand sanitizer and you’re good to go.

#2. Stay away
Even if your best friend in the entire world has been sniffling the past few days, do not, I repeat, DO NOT share a drink with her. There is no better way of catching a cold than sharing, touching, kissing or breathing the same air as someone who is already under the weather.

#3. Sleep
If your body is tired, it is harder to fight off those nasty little germs who will gladly take over. It is recommended to get at least six to eight hours of sleep a night – not only will sleep help you stay healthy, but it will make sure those bags under your eyes don’t get any bigger.

#4. Get the shot
In about a month you can walk right down to the health center to receive a free flu-shot. You’d think they would give us something more exciting after all of the money we shell out for this campus. Anyways, it’s as simple as that and if you are afraid of needles, like myself, well then your shit out of luck.

#5. Get your butt to the gym
There is nothing better for your immune system than a hot, sweaty workout at the gym… or in bed. Look at it this way, not only will you be fighting off any germs that make their way into your body, but you are going to tone up the body you hide under large sweaters all winter. Win-win.

Happy cold season and may the odds be ever in your favor!

-Chelsey Perry

When I was at the gym a few days ago, I couldn’t help but notice that the girl on the elliptical in front of me had a pretty bad cold.

Witnessing her hacking cough during her leg and arm pumping movements on the machine, I found myself asking the question, “How sick is too sick to work out?”

According to the Mayo Clinic, gym-goers should let their bodies be the guide. As a general rule, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, Edward R. Laskowski, M.D., suggests that if your symptoms are “above the neck,” then you should be okay to sweat a little. However, if your symptoms are “below the neck,” you should probably take a break from the gym.

So, what constitutes as “above the neck” and “below the neck?”

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