How to Avoid a Summer Cold

Learn the different ways to prevent the summer sniffles so you can enjoy the warm weather instead.

How to Avoid a Summer Cold

At any point during the year, you’re likely to fall victim to the common cold. A runny nose, sore throat, coughing and sneezing can keep you under layers of blankets and tissues. But it’s finally summer and who wants to be stuck inside on a hot and sunny day? According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), winter colds are caused by rhinoviruses but summer colds are caused by more resilient enteroviruses. The irony of summer colds is that they can last longer than winter colds and may make you feel even worse. Follow these tips to stay healthy throughout the season.

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Ease Into a Summer Workout Routine

The excitement of summer can motivate you to boost your physical activity but exercising may also leave you vulnerable to an infection. Dr. Bruce Hirsch, MD, an infectious disease specialist with Northwell Health in Manhasset, New York, points out that, “Those who have been sedentary through the winter should gradually ease into physical activities because enterovirus is the only infection associated with strenuous exercise.” Instead of power sprints and vigorous workout routines at the start of summer, try simple, lower-impact workouts to stay active and get the summer body you want.

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