Physical Fitness Combats The Seasonal Cold And Flu

Written by on January 26, 2011 in Fitness and Wellness, Health - 8 Comments

According to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine conducted by the researchers from Appalachian State University, Physical fitness is more effective in combating against the seasonal infections like cold and flu than normal vaccine.


The study was conducted in 2008 and 1,002 adults up to age 85 were taken. They were divided in two groups and followed for a 12-week period. Half of them were participated in the fall and the remaining people were participated in the winter.

The researchers found that after adjusting several factors such as age, sex, body mass index, fruit intake, marital status, mental stress level and education, the people who exercised for at least five days a week spent 43 percent less time with an upper respiratory tract infection than the people who exercised the least. In the same way, the highly-fit people had 46 percent less time sick than the people who had low-fitness. The severity of ill was also reduced by 41 percent in the people who had high levels of aerobic activity.

Though this study was limited by some factors such as the exposure to pathogens at home or at work, this would be absolutely great news for physically fit people and a catalyst for unfit people to start exercise.

Via: Natural News.

8 Comments on "Physical Fitness Combats The Seasonal Cold And Flu"

  1. Sixthirtythree January 26, 2011 at 11:43 pm ·

    Yes, I find this to be true as well. Years ago, when I was sick I would go to the gym and work out and be fine the next day.

  2. software company January 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm ·

    Physical fitness may positively influence one’s immune system which keeps one protected from seasonal flu. Alternatively it also increases and improves blood supply to vital organs which keeps those organs fresh and active and also transport lymphocytes throughout the body to fight against microorganisms.
    Anyways a very useful study which focuses on physical fitness to fight against twin problems of obesity and seasonal flu.

  3. andy January 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm ·

    When you have a weak immune system, you can catch a cold. The symptoms range from sneezing to runny nose, and having a sore throat or cold. Those susceptible to developing a cold are the young and the elderly, especially those on long term medication for conditions like diabetes and hypertension.

    Detail Article at:

  4. Otli January 29, 2011 at 9:42 pm ·

    I feel that this is true. I am an IT, I’m facing computer screen everyday, without any exercise routine, and always into work & sleep habit; I always get colds one to two times every week and that ain’t normal than before.

  5. Balqis January 30, 2011 at 6:46 am ·

    Thank you for the informative post. I like it. :)

  6. Reut January 30, 2011 at 9:43 am ·

    Hi Otli,
    It’s never to late to start exercise. you don’t necessarily need to go to the gym, But even 30 min’ of walking few times a week could be a great exercise!
    Thanks for stopping by and have an healthy winter :-) .

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