Exercise can prevent a cold

Using a trampoline can help prevent a cold

People who exercise regularly are less likely to get a cold according to researchers in a recent BBC article.

Over 1,000 people were studied and the results found that staying active could almost halve the odds of catching a cold virus, and failing that, made the infection less severe.

Experts told the British Journal of Sports Medicine that exercise boosts the immune system and therefore helps to fight off bugs.

Using your trampoline it seems then not only keeps you fit and healthy, but may also decrease your chances of catching a cold.

Adults can expect to catch two colds per year, and your lifestyle choices may affect this number, the more active you are the more likely you are to bring this number down.

The study in America asked volunteers to to keep note of any coughs of sneezes over a 3 month period from September to March, whilst also listing their exercise that lasted 20 minutes or more.

Eating plenty of fruit was also a way of reducing the odds, but by keeping fit and active reduced the chances of catching a cold by up to 50%!

The statistics make for interesting reading, with those performing exercise, such as getting out on your trampoline, being ill for 5 days over the period and those without doing any being ill for 9 days!

Dr David Nieman, the Lead Researcher from North Carolina said bouts of exercise spark a temporary rise in immune system cells circulating around the body that can attack foreign invaders.

“Exercise makes us feel better and now here’s more evidence that it is good for us.”

Read the full piece on the BBC website.

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