So, it is (supposedly) cold and flu season (finally?) in Florida. What measures can be taken to avoid the malaise brought on by being "under the weather"!?
The usual suspects are still present; wash your hands with warm water for 20 seconds, encourage others to cover their coughs and sneezes, and dress appropriately for the weather. But did you know that exercise plays an important role in your immune system's functioning!?
This article from the New York Times Wellness Blog follows a study that determines the effects of exercise and its ability to fight off colds and other infections. The researchers looked at the interaction between exercise-induced inflammation, which occurs in the muscles after exercise, and global, chronic inflammation, which is highly correlated with fat cell proliferation.
It was discovered that the mice who were active had less pro-inflammatory fat cells and reduced global inflammation, which led to a greater immune response. The physiological mechanisms through which these processes work is still being further researched. Nonetheless, exercise is an important precaution to partake in order to stay healthy during the cold and flu season!