We’ve made it through winter, but that doesn’t mean there are still plenty of colds and other bugs going around just waiting for you. So how can you try to remain healthy this spring and summer? A new study provides some actually rather counterintuitive advice.
Even though strenuous exercise is usually found to weaken your immune system, therefore, making you more susceptible to illness. However, according to a new study reported in the New York Times rigorous exercise could actually be the key to fending off sickness. So basically if you were thinking about skipping the gym after work today, think again.
“Exercise is good for the immune system.”
The study, which was featured in the journal Frontiers in Immunology, had researchers dyeing the immune cells in mice to track their volume and activity pre and post-exercise. When the mice were working out and running around the immune cells spread throughout the body to the lungs, guts, and bone marrow, thus making them infection-fighting machines.
“People should not be put off exercising for fear of it suppressing their immune system. Exercise is good for the immune system,” says the study’s co-author John Campbell, Ph.D.
He updated data from the ’80s that found that marathon runners tended to develop colds after racing. They found that marathon runners are not great at determining sickness versus allergies or just short-term throat scratching.
Basically, you better stop making fun of the coworker that always is working out, and join them so you don’t end up getting the office cold. However, do not put your body in danger with a workout that is too hard. Try to train a bit and then start doing the harder workouts so your body doesn’t go into complete shock.