If you’re looking for an easy way to prevent colds, regular exercise is the way to go. You don’t have to run a marathon to get the benefits. Moderate activity is all you need.
Exercise improves your overall fitness, which can also boost your immune system. Some studies show that moderate intensity exercise may cut down the number of colds you get. That type of activity includes things like a 20-30 minute walk every day, going to the gym every other or biking with your kids a few times a week.
In one study, published in the American Journal of Medicine, women who walked for a half hour every day for one year had half the number of colds as those who didn’t exercise. Researchers found that regular walking may lead to a higher number of white blood cells, which fight infections. In another study, scientists found that in 65-year-olds who did regular exercise, the number of T-cells was as high as those of people in their 30’s.
So, take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and go for a walk and get some exercise. There are numerous benefits to doing so including boosting your immune system so you might just avoid that next stuffy nose.
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