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Exercise Can Keep Sickness at Bay

Exercise Can Keep Sickness at Bay

[ Mon, 2009-10-12 12:28 ]
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Winter Jog
Studies show moderate exercise, such as a brisk walk, four days a week can help you fight off the common cold.

Yes, it’s snowing. Which is a good thing. But with winter comes the common cold that gets passed around what seems like all season. This year, fight back—and get fit in the process. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, 45 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (such as walking) on most days of the week can decrease sick time by 25 to 50 percent.

If, however, you’re already sick, here are some guidelines as to whether to lace up your sneakers or tuck yourself in bed: It’s OK to exercise if your cold is confined to your head, but don’t overdo it. If your illness goes beyond the sniffles and into your chest or body (aches, fever, etc.), put on your PJs and crawl in bed. Gradually ease back into your workout routine once your symptoms improve.

One final bit of advice: Exercise moderately just before getting a flu shot. Studies show it increases your immune response.

 

Winter Jog

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