Most individuals come down with a cold at least once during the year. Despite going through the process of being sick every single year, it seems people are still unsure of how to prevent a cold and also what to do during the cold experience. The act of exercising during a cold is one such mystery that baffles many, but research shows that engaging in light to moderate physical activity is a great way to get through and prevent a cold.
Exercise Slashes Cold Risk
Although seldom recognized, exercise has been shown to positively affect the immune system and help to prevent sickness many times. One observational study involving 547 healthy adults found that exercise results in 20-30 percent fewer colds. Another study, while not finding exercise to lessen duration or severity of cold symptoms, found that those who exercise reported feeling better overall than those who didn’t partake in any physical activity.
In a year long study examining 115 overweight, sedentary postmenopausal women, researchers found that regular and moderate exercise reduced the risk of catching a cold by 50 percent. The women were divided into two groups: one where individuals were asked to exercise for 45 minutes, five days per week, and one where individuals only attended stretching classes. Although the women in the exercise group were only able to exercise for 30 minutes, with brisk walking making up most of the time, researchers found that they were 50 percent less likely to get a cold than the stretching group.
While sleep and resting certainly have their place in overcoming a cold, now it is known that exercise is beneficial as well during sick time. However, exercise should be done at a light or moderate level as intense exercise will put unnecessary stress on your body and your immune system. Meanwhile, moderate exercise, even walking a mile or two at least three times a week, helps your lymph system cleanse impurities and promote healthful mood hormones to boost your immune system. Along with the utilization of health-boosting foods and supplements such as turmeric and vitamin D, be sure to take some time off from resting to engage in some healthy exercise.