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Ever wonder why you always seem to come down with a life-interrupting virus this time of year, while other people you know sail through the season sniffle-, cough-, and ache-free?

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Follow these simple steps to boost your virus protection more:

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Get some fresh air

Common wisdom has it that staying indoors, where it’s warm and toasty, is easier on your immune system than being outside in the cold. Problem is, being inside puts you in close constant contact with other people—and their germs.

Not only does escaping into the fresh air give you a break from all those germs circulating inside, but going for a stroll can actually boost your immunity. Exercise leads to an increase in natural killer cells, neutrophils, and monocytes, which ultimately increases immune function.

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Chill out

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