As the seasons shift,the inevitable advertisements regarding remedies, cures and vaccinations forthe flu begin to appear. While someroutinely receive the immunization, and others shun it, experts recommendkeeping up with fitness and wellness routines can aid in preventingthe spread of the flu, and can shorten its duration for those who catch it.
Up to 20 percent ofthe population will contract the flu. While healthy habits such as hand washing and proper nutrition, physicalactivity can assist in the battle against illness. Those finding themselves resting and relaxingtoo much on the couch may end up getting stuck there if a cold or flu doesstrike.
Those who exerciseconsistently find their susceptibility to illness is greatly reduced, andtheir improvement is quicker when they do succumb thanks to their body’simproved immunity and ability to fight off infection. There are many reasons exercise aids infighting illness, one is due to increased acceleration of body systems andheart rate. This increased circulationpumps blood containing white blood cells through the body, enabling it toattack germs before they get a chance to strike, and fight them offquicker when they begin to take hold.
Increased bodytemperature during a workout is also said to aid in fighting germs. When sick, the body responds by increasingbody temperature to burn off the germs. The same thing happens during exercise, with the increased temperatureburning off infectious agents before they can make their mark. Increased sweat during a workout also assistby purifying the body and ridding it of toxins, and the additional water oneconsumes through exercise aids in blood flow and helps support the body’simmune system.
This doesn’t mean onehas to jump right into running miles a day or taking a hardcore boxing class assoon as flu season hits. A simple dailywalk, jog, or trip up the stairs can help non-exercisers get started, andeventually advance to more active routines to fight off the flu before itstarts.
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