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Exercise Could Help Your Cold
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on October 25, 2013 @ 7:03PM
Created on October 25, 2013 @ 4:09PM


Studies have shown that if you stay active, you have a better chance of not getting a cold of flu, but if you do have a cold, light activity could help you feel better. The most important word there is light.

Just because exercise could help you doesn't mean you should work out like you do on a regular basis. The number one tip is to scale down your workouts. So if you're a weight lifter, use lighter weights than usual. Or if you run for miles a day, try jogging instead. A local trainer told 5 News the science behind exercise affecting your cold and here's what he had to say.

"What exercise does, it can, increase the amount of white blood cells or T-cells in the blood. What those cells do is those are the cells that help fight infections, sickness, and disease. So people who exercise regular tend to have a higher white blood cell count which can intern boost their immune system," said Matt McCullough, Owner of Anytime Fitness.

McCulough told 5 News he likes to tell his clients if they don't feel well above the head like stuffy nose and sinus pressure to go ahead and work out, but if there's a problem with your stomach it's not a good idea to risk it.


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