A new study published in the online version of the British Journal of Sports Medicine reveals a connection between a person’s physical fitness level and their ability to ward off colds.
The study consisted of reviewing the data of more than one thousand people aged 18 to eighty five for a period of twelve weeks. Subjects supplied information on their lifestyle, dietary habits and participation in physical exercise.
Based on the information collected in the study researchers concluded that the fittest people were at a greatly reduced risk of contracting colds. Subjects who reported engaging in physical activity at least five times per week cut their risk of getting a cold in half compared to those who didn’t get as much activity. In addition to not being affected as often by pesky colds, the most physically fit of subjects didn’t seem to be nearly as effected by the symptoms as those who were less fit when colds were contracted.
This study proves that regular exercise has the power to help boost your immune system. Couple regular aerobic activity with a healthy diet and sufficient sleep and you give yourself a great chance of avoiding the majority of colds that will come your way this cold and flu season.
Make sure to consult your health care provider prior to embarking on a new exercise program to ensure that it is a good match for you. It’s also advisable to speak with your doctor or health care provider prior to making any changes to your diet or adding any new nutritional supplements.