This time of year seems to be when everyone you know and come in contact with is sick or just getting over a sickness. I’m talking particularly about the flu or common cold. Mothers are especially concerned this season, caring for little ones who are more prone to health issues than adults. We all know how much of a struggle it is when you get sick. You feel miserable, you miss work, in addition to missing work you might miss out on collecting a paycheck; not to mention added doctor’s bills for yourself and for your family when your kids or spouse get it too. The list goes on and on. What a pain!
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a magic pill or drug to drastically reduce the risk of getting sick? Well, did you know we have one of the best preventative drugs known to man, available without a prescription? That’s right. It’s readily waiting for you. It’s called exercise!
When you exercise, your body has improved blood flow, whether you’re hitting the weights or doing cardio. Increased blood flow means better circulation, and the better circulation you have, the stronger your immune system is at fighting illness prior to it spreading throughout the body. This is especially effective for colds and influenza (the flu).
According to Jordan Metzl, a sports-medicine physician at New York City’s Hospital for Special Surgery and author of The Exercise Cure, “Exercise is the best preventative drug we have, and everybody needs to take that medicine.” So why don’t all of us take advantage of this medicine? Let’s see if I can convince you that exercise is your best bet.
According to a recent Flu Survey by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, vigorous exercise for at least two and a half hours per week can reduce your chances of catching the flu.(1) The survey reads that 100 cases of flu per 1,000 people could be prevented each year. (2) That’s huge!
Other studies have shown the ability of moderate exercise to fend off colds, the longer you participate in an exercise program, the more effective it is. (3) That is why it is so important to always keep exercise as part of your routine.
Besides helping prevent short-term illness, exercise does so much more for you in preventing long-term diseases and physical ailments from cardiovascular disease to various cancers, joint and structural issues, and so much more.
Here are a few more tips to help prevent illness. Getting proper nutrition, the right amount of daily sleep, and enough water will go a long way when kept in check constantly. So please, take care of your body and your body will take care of you.
Preventing a visit to the doctor can possibly pay for an entire year of a gym membership, especially since medical costs are drastically increasing these days. Investing in your health now will indeed save your hard-earned dollars in the short term and the long term. Act now!
Travis Lott is a certified personal trainer, corrective exercise specialist, certified nutritionist, and certified weight-loss specialist at Leantrition. He has trained many diverse individuals and groups over the years including people of all ages, weight classes, and medical histories. Many of his clients have seen very successful results that have changed their lives. Travis is passionate about the health industry and takes pride in helping others achieve a new, healthy way of living.