Exercise to Boost Your Immune System Before Cold and Flu Season

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Coughing, aching, sneezing, stuffy head, nausea and vomitin

g, dizziness, fever, missed days at work… No, I’m not describing a horror movie scene to you, I’m talking about cold and flu season, which is just around the corner. In fact, even though it’s still September, there are already people spreading nasty influenza germs around schools and the workplace.

Before you run out and schedule yourself at the first flu shot session you can find, stop and take a look at your everyday exercise and activity routine.

It’s a little known fact that regular exercise can actually help boost your immune system, meaning you will be less-likely to wander through the cold and flu season moaning like a zombie. Does that mean you need to step it up if you already exercise on a regular basis? Not exactly, but for those who don’t get enough regular exercise now is the time to get out and pound the pavement or treadmill.

Walking isn’t the only way to boost your immunity either. Did you know indulging in sexual activity at least twice a week can increase your body’s production of immunoglobulin A, an atibody that helps fight off viruses and bacteria? While I rarely need to think of an excuse for a little afternoon delight with my partner, what better reason than for our health? Studies also suggest making time to laugh every single day increases your body’s T-cell count, preparing it with plenty of antibodies to fight off those icky cold and flu germs.

And let’s say for just a minute that you’re already sick. Despite all that hard work on the treadmill, it didn’t exactly save you from the flu, but did you know that exercising while you are sick can cut your downtime in half? In fact, regular exercise before and during sickness can actually lessen the severity of your symptoms.

You don’t want to overdo it though. Moderate intensity exercises like brisk walking outdoors for 30 to 45 minutes at least five times a week can lessen the amount of time you spend sick. On the other hand, if you’re severely ill with the flu, exercise can actually increase the intensity of your symptoms, so make sure you don’t overdo it. It’s okay to miss a day or two if you’re really feeling ill, so crawl into bed and watch a good comedy so you can start laughing yourself back to health.

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