Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Stopping Colds In Their Tracks By Exercising

bjsmResearchers reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that regular exercise can cut the odds of catching a cold by 50%.

The researchers asked healthy volunteers to keep a record of any coughs and sniffles they experienced over a three-month period during fall and winter. The volunteers who were physically active on five or more days of the week had colds that lasted a total of 5 days out of the 3-month period, while the control group, who did little or no exercise during the same period, were affected by colds and sniffles for nine days.

As a side benefit, the exercisers who did get a cold cut the severity of the symptoms by 31%.

Finally, if you do get a cold, continuing to exercise even at lower level of intensity and time can make you feel better.

So…just put one foot in front of the other and keep exercising.

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