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Does exercising prevent sickness?

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Also, regular exercise -- aerobics and walking -- may boost the immune system. People who exercise regularly tend to get fewer colds. They may also recover more quickly than people who do not exercise regularly. Check with your doctor before beginning a new exercise program.

From: Top 10 Questions About the Flu WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Q&A: Cold Vs. Flu."

CDC: "Q&A: Preventing the Flu."

CDC: "Q&A: Seasonal Flu Vaccine."

Jefferson, T. , Feb. 26, 2005. The Lancet

William Schaffner, MD, chairman, preventive medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

Tracy Wimbush, MD, emergency room specialist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

WebMD Medical Reference: "Answers About Home Remedies for Cold and Flu."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Answers to Common Questions About Cold and Flu."

WebMD Feature: "Call in Sick or Go to Work?"

WebMD Medical Reference: "When Should I See a Doctor for a Cold or the Flu?"

WebMD Medical Reference: "12 Tips to Prevent Cold and Flu the 'Natural' Way."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Kids' Cold Medicines: New Guidelines."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 2, 2019

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SOURCES:

CDC: "Q&A: Cold Vs. Flu."

CDC: "Q&A: Preventing the Flu."

CDC: "Q&A: Seasonal Flu Vaccine."

Jefferson, T. , Feb. 26, 2005. The Lancet

William Schaffner, MD, chairman, preventive medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

Tracy Wimbush, MD, emergency room specialist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

WebMD Medical Reference: "Answers About Home Remedies for Cold and Flu."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Answers to Common Questions About Cold and Flu."

WebMD Feature: "Call in Sick or Go to Work?"

WebMD Medical Reference: "When Should I See a Doctor for a Cold or the Flu?"

WebMD Medical Reference: "12 Tips to Prevent Cold and Flu the 'Natural' Way."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Kids' Cold Medicines: New Guidelines."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 2, 2019

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