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.’

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Walk-in GP services divert more patients from A&E but may not be cost-effective

Walk-in GP services divert more patients from A&E but may not be cost-effective

Convenient GP services can significantly reduce pressure on hospital A&E departments...

Practices face increasing risk of six-figure cash penalties, accountants warn

Practices face increasing risk of six-figure cash penalties, accountants warn

GP practices are increasingly likely to trigger six-figure financial penalties under...

Wide-ranging overhaul of GP bureaucracy promised amid spiralling practice workload

Wide-ranging overhaul of GP bureaucracy promised amid spiralling practice workload

Revalidation, referral processes, coding of patient data and letters required from...

Recognising and referring domestic violence and abuse

Recognising and referring domestic violence and abuse

A social enterprise is helping to train staff in GP practices to support women affected...

GPs 'in the dark' over pension tax trap support for this year

GPs 'in the dark' over pension tax trap support for this year

GPs remain in the dark over how a stop-gap offer from NHS England to pay off pension...

Network DES will cost GPs money and threaten independent contractor status, warn LMCs

Network DES will cost GPs money and threaten independent contractor status, warn LMCs

A group of LMCs has warned it 'cannot recommend' GPs sign up to revised plans for...