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So learning a simple way to cut back on your risk of catching a cold by 50 percent is nothing to sneeze at. Fortunately, a new study has added more support to previous research that shows you can drastically reduce your risk of getting a cold just by adding regular exercise to your life. What's more, should you get a cold, if you've been exercising the infection will likely be less severe and the symptoms much more tolerable. How Exercise Wards Off Colds If you are exercising regularly, just as if your vitamin D levels are optimized, the likelihood of your acquiring an upper respiratory infection decreases quite dramatically, and studies have clearly shown this. In one such study, women who exercised regularly were found to have half the risk of colds as those who didn't work out. And the ability of moderate exercise to ward off colds seemed to grow the longer it was used. The enhanced immunity was strongest in the final quarter of the yearlong exercise program, suggesting that it is important to stick with exercise long term to get the full effects. Likewise, in the latest study staying active cut the risk of having a cold by 50 percent, and cut the severity of symptoms by 31 percent among those who did catch a cold. The researchers noted that each round of exercise may lead to a boost in circulating immune system cells that could help ward off a cold virus. The rise was temporary, however, suggesting that the more you exercise, the better the cold-protective benefits will be. It's a well-known fact that exercise improves the circulation of immune cells in your blood. The job of these cells is to neutralize pathogens throughout your body. The better these cells circulate, the more efficient your People who exercise regularly are less likely to get a cold. A study of 1,000 people found that regular activity cut the odds of catching a cold in half. If someone who exercised regularly did catch a cold, the symptoms were less severe. This could be because exercise helps to bolster your immune system. BBC News reports: "... [R]esearchers asked the healthy volunteers to keep a record of any coughs and sniffles they experienced over a three-month period during the autumn and winter ... People who were physically active on five or more days of the week were unwell with a cold for about five days of the three-month period, compared to nine days for those who did little or no exercise." The average American adult suffers from two to four colds a year, which adds up to approximately 1 billion colds per year in the United States. The cold virus is the leading infectious disease in the U.S., leading to more missed school days and work time -- and more doctor visits -- than virtually any other illness. A Simple Way to Slash Your Risk of Colds by 50% Page 30| Abby's Magazine -

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