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Can exercise help prevent the flu?

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The best way to stay well is to keep your immune system strong. When you exercise, your white blood cells -- the ones that fight infections -- travel through your body faster and do their jobs better.

Experts say you should get at least 30 minutes of moderate cardio like walking, swimming, biking, or running each day.

SOURCES: WebMD: "Flu Prevention: Healthy Habits Beat the Virus."  WebMD: "Boost Your Immune System." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Exercise for the Elderly."  Appalachian State University: "Moderate Exercise Boosts the Immune System." Medline Plus: "Exercise and Immunity." MedicineNet: "Shoo, Achoo! Exercise Keeps Colds at Bay." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Exercise for the Elderly."






Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 15, 2019

SOURCES: WebMD: "Flu Prevention: Healthy Habits Beat the Virus."  WebMD: "Boost Your Immune System." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Exercise for the Elderly."  Appalachian State University: "Moderate Exercise Boosts the Immune System." Medline Plus: "Exercise and Immunity." MedicineNet: "Shoo, Achoo! Exercise Keeps Colds at Bay." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Exercise for the Elderly."






Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 15, 2019

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