Our last article discussed the powerful effects of certain dietary ingredients in building a strong immune system. Symbiotically, exercise completes this natural approach. In fact, as little as 20 minutes a day has proven to help ward off colds and flu. You don’t need to be a marathoner to boost your body’s defense against infections!
Exercise improves your overall fitness, which helps boost your immune system. Some studies show that “moderate intensity” exercise may cut down the number of colds you get. That type of activity includes things like a 20- to 30-minute walk every day, going to the gym every other day, or biking a few times a week.
One study showed that women who walked for a half-hour every day for one year, had half had the number of colds as those who didn’t exercise. Researchers found that regular walking may increase white blood cells, which fight infections.
Another study found that 65-year-olds who did regular exercise, the number of T-cells (a specific type of white blood cell) was as high as those of thirty-somethings.
Exercise outside reaps the additional benefits of the sunshine vitamin – vitamin D, just now being credited for not only an immune booster, but possibly an agent in cancer fighting as well.
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