A recently published study proved something we all know to be true…the more active you are…the healthier you will be. This study was done in Seattle and was actually looking at the effect of exercise on markers of breast cancer risk. But they also noted something else.
They found that women (average age of 61) who particpated in a moderate exercise program (most often walking for 45 minutes 3 days a week) were shown to have less colds that those who did did not particpate. Note that they are talking about a moderate level of exercise, as other studies have shown that excessive, exhaustive exercise can deplete immune function and increase the risk of colds and other infections.
There are so many benefits to exercise…this just adds to the list! Dust of cobwebs off your sneakers and go enjoy a long walk. While your at it, make sure you kick up a few leaves.