Fitness Tips: October 28, 2013

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Healthy Lifestyle Tip: Exercise Can Prevent a Cold
People who exercise regularly are less likely to get a cold, researchers say. A study of 1,000 people found that staying active nearly halved the odds of catching cold viruses and, failing that, made the infection less severe. Experts told the British Journal of Sports Medicine that this could be because exercise helps bolster the immune system to fight off bugs.

Adults can expect to suffer two to five colds per year. This latest research suggests there are lifestyle choices you can make to improve your odds of either avoiding them, or at least not suffering too badly from them.

Being older, male, and married seemed to reduce the frequency of colds, as did eating plenty of fruit, but the most significant factors that reduced the number of colds was how much exercise a person did and how fit they perceived themselves to be. Feeling fit and being active cut the risk of having a cold by nearly 50 percent!

Source: British Journal of Sport and Exercise Medicine