Will Exercise Help Protect You From the Flu?  

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created by Eric Troy 2009-11-02 09:34:07 am

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keep in mind that vigorous exorcise WHILE being sick can actually rob your immune system of the energy it needs to take care of business.

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submitted by suepaige27 2010-07-01 12:01:41 pm    


"Exercise builds immunity" has been repeated so often it has become common belief. There is little evidence for this. Immune factors in trained athletes fall well within the normal range. Exercise has many benefits but don't expect it to stop the flu.

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submitted by Eric Troy 2009-11-02 09:34:07 am    

I have exercised all my life -- I do kickboxing -- but I have always gotten the flu a lot. It has to do with the strength of your immune system, I think. For people with strong ones, exercise may help.

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submitted by diana 2010-07-12 02:19:53 pm    

Fitness experts may claim their methods are superior because they cover all grounds. Fitness is task specific. Being fit to run is different than being fit to lift. Likewise to fight off disease. There is overlap but there is always give and take.

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submitted by Eric Troy 2009-11-04 11:41:50 am    

The ACSM recently claimed that exercise protects us from colds. Cited was Nieman's claim that multiple studies show a decrease in sick leave. The studies are elusive to search and regardless, less sick leave is not synonomous with fewer colds.

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submitted by Eric Troy 2009-11-05 04:28:39 pm    

What do you know about that?


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