Keeping fit keeps colds at bay

Keeping physically fit and active can reduce the number and severity of colds people suffer, a study suggests.

Regular exercise can keep colds at bay (Photograph: Istock)
Regular exercise can keep colds at bay (Photograph: Istock)
Research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine followed 1,000 adults whose respiratory health was tracked for 12 weeks.

Participants reported on their fitness levels, lifestyle, diet and stressful life events.

The researchers found that perceived physical fitness and frequency of physical exercise were important correlates of reduced days with upper respiratory tract infections and severity of symptoms.

The researchers commented: ‘These data are consistent with government guidelines urging the general public to include exercise within their daily routines to improve health.’

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