Duke Medicine: How doctors stay healthy year-round and how you can too
Posted March 18, 2013
Nobody likes being around people coughing and sneezing from colds and flu yet that’s what doctors do. Every day they are on the front lines, listening compassionately to complaints ranging from aches and pain to fever and persistent coughs.
Yet they rarely get sick. How do they do it?
Here, Matt Hayes, DO, at Duke Primary Care Waverly Place, reviews the top ways he and his colleagues stay healthy throughout the year, and how you can too:
- Wash hands frequently. “It’s the most effective preventive measure,” says Hayes. Use hand sanitizer or soap and water frequently during the day.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth. They are gateways that allow bacteria and viruses access to your body.
- Sanitize surfaces. Disinfectant is used continually at Duke Primary Care Waverly Place to wipe down everything from exam surfaces to computer keyboards. He suggests patients do the same with high traffic areas in their homes or offices. “Wipe down your desk, your phone, any common areas, and where you eat at least once a day.”
- Exercise regularly. Hayes, a triathlete, works out six days per week. Brisk walking will also do the trick if you can’t get to the gym. Research shows regular exercise – 30-45 minutes per day, 4–5 days per week, boosts the immune system and helps maintain good health.
For six more tips on how to stay healthy all year, check the full post at DukeHealth.org. Duke Medicine, Go Ask Mom's sponsor, offers health tips and information every Tuesday.