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Take A Walk A Day To Keep Colds At Bay

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Any doctor will say that there’s no cure for the common cold, and that the best thing that people can do is try to avoid getting one in the first place by taking care of themselves. Recently, research presented at the Association for Science Education (ASE) Conference on Dec. 30 suggested that individuals who want to avoid getting a cold should engage in regular, moderate exercise — no more, no less.

Professor Mike Gleeson from Loughborough University and his colleagues found that people who perform moderate physical activity on a regular basis are less likely to develop an upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) than people who rarely exercise or those engage in prolonged, intense workouts.

According to researchers, exercise can have both a positive and negative effect on the immune system, depending on how much stress a person put on their body.

“Moderate exercise has a positive effect on the immune system. So to keep colds at bay, a brisk daily walk should help — it’s all about finding a happy medium,” said Gleeson.

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