HIT THE MALL AND STILL STAY HEALTHY
Stash hand sanitizer in your handbag
"The germs on your hands are the single biggest threat to your health," says Marc Leavey, M.D., a primary care physician at Mercy Personal Physicians at Lutherville in Maryland. And smack in the middle of cold and flu season, store doors, escalator rails, and credit card machines are crawling with germs.
And a few healthy snacks
They'll keep your blood sugar steady and help you stave off Cinnabon cravings, says New York dietitian Ilyse Schapiro, RD. To burn off a Classic Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll, you'd have to mall-walk for six hours.
Stop at the massage kiosk
A study from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles found that a single Swedish massage can boost germ-fighting white blood cells. Only got 15 minutes? "I suspect some massage is better than none," says lead author Mark Rapaport, M.D.