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The flu vaccine keeps millions of people out of doctors’ offices and hospitals each year. While that’s reason enough to sign up for a workplace vaccination or visit your local pharmacy every flu season, Margaret Harris, MD, spokesperson for the World Health Organization, says COVID-19 makes the fall 2020 flu shot particularly vital to both your well-being and public health.

In a virtual briefing from Geneva, Dr. Harris warned that skipping your flu shot this year could lead to hospital overflow and other dangerous health outcomes come fall. “If you have an increase in a respiratory illness when you already have a very high burden of respiratory illness, that puts even more pressure on the health system,” she says. Given that about 200,000 people get hospitalized for the flu each year, getting the vaccine—and thus minimizing your chance of contracting influenza by 40 to 60 percent—can greatly lessen the load that will be placed on the entire medical community in the fall.

For many, the prospect of entering a public place—like a pharmacy or doctor’s office—to receive a vaccine may be a source of fear. But Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH, chief medical officer of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, predicts that the environment will be accommodating and sanitized when you do go in for your shot. “I think it will be pretty safe to get one at doctor’s office or pharmacy,” he says. “Both have adapted to COVID, and doctors’ offices will probably have days that they only do flu shots, so you are not around other people who are there when they are ill. And they have good standards in place for social distancing and pre-screening.”

Since many workplaces still have telecommuting in place for the foreseeable future, Dr. Plescia also predicts more pop-ups for receiving the vaccine outside of the pharmacy or doctors’ office setting. Remember: A major part of flattening the curve of COVID-19 (or spreading out the rate of infection so as to not overwhelm our health care system and infrastructure) revolves around staying well as best you can. And this year—as with all years—that means getting your flu shot.

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If you see me running like everything hurts, it’s because … well, what can I say.

Hey, at least I got up to run!

Where you attention goes, your energy flows, and that’s what grows.

La risa es como ejercicio para el alma.

Condición Física – Si viniera embotellada y lista para tomar, todos tendrían buena figura y mucha salud. Pero no viene embotellada, así que levántate y a sudar.

Debes buscar en tu casa una lugar, o un momento al día, en donde no sepas que salió en los periódicos esa mañana, en donde simplemente estés, y puedas sentir quién eres y quién podrías ser.

Walking is man’s best medicine.

We are indeed much more than what we eat,but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.

Don’t Skimp on Sleep

No more scraping by on four or five hours. For top performance, shoot for seven to eight (or, in my case, nine) every night. To support the recovery that happens overnight, I drink chaga tea before I turn in, which kick-starts the anti-­inflammation process. And since overheating in bed fre­quently leads to restless sleep, I use a Chili­Pad, which slips underneath the sheets and drops to a temperature as low as 55 degrees to keep me cool.

Fuel Your Body

Simple whole foods have powered our bodies for generations. You can’t game the system with meal replacements, fake ingredients, or fad diets. Start to think about food as a fuel source and you’ll see real results. It’s tempting to make nutrition feel restrictive. But rather than count calories or macros in a meal, I simply avoid most processed foods and focus on the distance between its origin and my plate. If the distance is short, I’m OK with eating it.

Sweat the Small Stuff

You don’t need to make peak performance your full-time job like I have, but you should think of it as an all-day mentality that goes far beyond the gym. It requires near constant attention and a holistic approach to health. I spend about 40 hours per week training. People think they have no time, but I’ll crank out squats while dinner cooks or hop on my foam roller while watching TV. I’ll even flow through a few mini breathing sets when I have to work from a desk.

Challenge Your Weaknesses

My asymmetries have always plagued me and are largely a result of surfing for so many years with the same lead leg. That’s partly why I started paddleboarding—to develop strength on the other side of my body. Don’t shy away from the things you’re worst at. Focus on mobility if you lack range of motion. Incorporate endurance efforts if you’re a natural power athlete. This rule also applies to areas like mindfulness and nutrition. Add a ten-minute meditation to your weight-room routine, or put more veggies on your plate if you’re a chronic carbo-loader. Without a well-rounded approach to health, you’ll always be limited by your greatest weakness.

Find Your Crew

One of your biggest assets is the company you keep. I’m at my best when I’m around people who value health and performance the same way I do. We experiment with workouts, debate recovery methods, and share our go-to health podcasts and books. If you can take the time to listen to and learn from that group, you’ll find that it challenges you to improve.

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