In the Pasadena area we watched as hundreds of people waited in line to get their swine flu vaccinations. Some people spent their whole Saturday just to get this shot. However, with the high demand for the vaccinations people who aren’t in the “risk” categories have been put on hold. Now, their is a new way to keep the flu away and it’s through exercise.
“There is evidence that moderate exercise or physical activity can be beneficial in terms of reducing the incidence and severity of upper respiratory tract infections from all causes,” says Jeffrey Woods, a professor of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “And at least one report … has shown that exercise may be protective against influenza-associated [deaths] in the elderly.”
“The evidence seems pretty strong that folks who are moderately physically active have a somewhat higher level of protection,” says Michael Flynn, chair of the department of health and human performance at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, who also has studied exercise and immunity (source).
Although research suggests that exercise is the best way to keep you healthy. They encourage people to get vaccinated if they possibly can. However, it’s encouraging that exercise can make a person stronger, inside and out.