5 ways to protect ourselves and our fellow YOGAthletes this cold and flu season

By: Dr. Caitlin Davidson

It’s that time of year again!  The leaves are falling, the air is getting chilly, and everyone around us is starting to get sick.  We do everything we can to be healthy; we exercise regularly, drink lots of water, eat nutritious foods, try to get enough sleep... but no matter what, seasonal illnesses often manage to knock us off our game.  Being health-conscious individuals, let’s try to go the extra mile to protect ourselves and our fellow Yogathletes this cold & flu season.  Here are some things you can do: 

1.    Wash your hands: Ideally, before AND after class.  Equipment gets cleaned regularly but if one person is coming down with something in a Get’N’Ripped class, there’s a good chance it can be passed on to every other person who picks up the same kettlebell or uses the same rowing machine.  This goes for Ugi balls and yoga blocks too.  Washing your hands before class will protect your classmates, and washing your hands after will protect you (and everyone else you come into contact with after class!).

2.    Don’t touch your face: When we’re sweating up a storm it can be hard not use our hands to wipe sweat off our faces, but try not to.  Any germs on the equipment you’re touching will be fast-tracked to infect you if you bring them right to your eyes/nose/mouth.  So bring a towel or just let the sweat flow!

3.    Consider getting the vaccine: Vaccination is a hot button issue and I’m not here to say it’s for everybody, but talk to your doctor or pharmacist to see if the Flu Shot is right for you.  It can help protect you against the most common strains of influenza and will also help prevent the spread of infection to others. 

4.    Reign in your coughs/sneezes: It can be hard when we’re sweating up a storm but try not to just cough or sneeze freely into the air.  Bring tissues, or cough into your shirtsleeve.  

5.    Stay home: We love to push ourselves at Yogathletix and we’re total champs but if you’re really and truly sick, don’t be a hero.  Stay home and take care of yourself. I have been thinking a lot about this topic for the past month and have tried to practice what I preach by implementing hand washing after every class.  I think I’ve managed to do it twice.  That’s pretty terrible.  But I want to challenge myself to do better; therefore I’m challenging you!  Help me and all your fellow Yogathletes by washing your hands before and after class and maybe even reminding someone else to do the same.  Together, let’s prevent the spread of cold & flu at Yogathletix.  Stay healthy, my friends!

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Dr. Caitlin Davidson, BSc (Hons), DC

Dr. Davidson graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2016, while being co-president of the ICPA Pediatrics Club and teaching in a Senior’s Chair Yoga Program. In 2017 she also became a Certified Animal Chiropractor. She is a member in good standing with College of Chiropractors of Ontario. Dr. Davidson is passionate about helping your entire family live your healthiest, most balanced lives. And she loves to practice what she preaches, which is why you can catch her in all styles of classes at Yogathletix!