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People who are physically fit and active have fewer and milder colds, according to a study. The US researchers based their findings on 1,000 adults up to the age of 85 whose respiratory health was tracked for 12 weeks during autumn and winter. Six out of 10 participants were women, four out of 10 were aged between 18 and 39, 40% were middle aged and one in four were aged 60 and older.
All the participants reported back on how frequently they took aerobic exercise and rated their fitness levels using a validated 10-point scoring system. They were also asked about lifestyle, diet and recent stressful events, as these can affect immune system response. The number of days with symptoms among those who said they were physically active on 5 or more days a week and felt fit was almost half (43-46% less) that of those who exercised on only one or zero days of the week.
It is quite clear that improving your physical fitness levels has a significant impact on your overall well-being and your ability to fight off or avoid many illnesses. This isn’t just limited to minor ailments, but is increasingly recognised as relevant to a whole range of conditions. As ever, ensuring that your diet contains all the essential nutrients to fuel your exercise and nourish your body, is critical to the goal of a healthier more active lifestyle.
Many scientific studies have proved this is significantly the case for Breast and Bowel Cancer.
Being physically active could help prevent thousands of cancers in the UK every year by reducing the levels of hormones such as Insulin, in your blood: At high levels, these hormones make it more likely for Bowel and Breast cancer to develop. Physical activity also reduces swelling in the bowel and helps toxins move through the body more efficiently which helps reduce the Cancer risk. The positive effects of physical activity also hold true for surviving and recovering from Cancer.
Importantly, you don’t need hours in the gym to gain these benefits, as even small bursts of movements throughout the day can lead to big changes in your body without you even realising it. Brisk walking, following home exercise videos, swimming or even jogging around your living room/house/garden etc, can all help to raise your heart rate and stimulate the lymphatic system into working harder to remove the toxins quicker.
Therefore, just small changes can make the world of difference. So, start by making your first change today.
A recent survey published by The Register of Exercise Professionals, suggests that people who spend most of their time sitting down when they get home from work may be more likely to get a potentially fatal blood clot than those who are more active. The study was carried out on 70,000 nurses.
The study by Dr Christopher Kabrhel from Massachusetts General Hospital investigated the leisure habits of the 70,000 nurses, most of whom would be on their feet for most of the working day. However, over an 18-year period the researchers found that those who sat longer than 6 hours a day when not working had twice the risk of a pulmonary embolism than those who sat for less than two hours a day. The results held good even after taking into account age, weight and smoking habits.