The More Fit Are Less Sick

The average American adult catches between 2 and 4 colds every year. For kids, it's 6 to 10 colds. But fit, active individuals of any age cut those averages almost in half according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Researchers had 1,002 men and women aged 18 to 85 record their physical activity and other factors for 12 weeks in the fall and winter of 2008. Subjects who trained at least 5 days a week experienced 46% fewer colds. Not only that, the colds they did catch were less severe.

True Strength Moment: Apparently regular workouts keep more than your muscles strong. This research listed age and level of fitness as the most significant factors in cold prevention. You can't change your age, of course. But you can always elevate your fitness to a higher level.
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