According to a recent Harvard Health study, racket sports are a good way to ramp up your fitness. Not only can hitting objects across the net be fun, but they are also an effective way to get into shape. Racket sports from badminton to pickleball, squash, ping pong, and tennis are great at getting your heart pumping, strengthening muscles in your legs, arms and core. Several long-term studies have linked racquet sports to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and longevity. Click here to read more.
According to the CDC, getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself and the people around you from flu, and to help reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn who should get the flu vaccine and when the best time is to be vaccinated.
Recently, the decision to wear a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic has become more of a political issue than a health issue. With a lack of national protocol around when and where to wear a face mask, it’s not abnormal to be shamed for wearing one and angry when others don’t. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends “people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.” So why all the fuss? Basically, though some people simply don’t like to be forced to do anything, especially by the government, scientists have proven that taking this extra precaution, in addition to socially distancing, helps to significantly curb the spread of coronavirus. Click here to read 5 reasons why it’s important to wear a mask, plus who should wear one.