Flu and exercise; Colds and exercise
Can exercise help you avoid colds and flus?
Exercise helps the disease-fighting white blood cells in the body move from the organs into the bloodstream.
Overall, you can improve your immune system by eating a proper diet, getting enough rest, reducing stress, and exercising regularly. This will decrease your chances of getting a cold or the flu.
Even if studies find that exercise doesn't prevent colds or the flu, exercise is good for overall health.
Review Date: 10/30/2010
Reviewed By: Linda Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.