It’s that time of year again where everyone around you seems to be getting sick. Maybe those sickly friends and co-workers should make sure they are getting enough moderate exercise.
A totally sedentary person is likely to contract a yearly average of two to three upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) — the medical term for viral infections of the ear, nose and throat, like colds, flu and sinus infections. But a moderately active person can expect to reduce that rate by almost a third, according to Mike Gleeson, a professor of exercise biochemistry at Loughborough University in Leicestershire, U.K.
In contrast, intensive exercise can increase your URTIs by 2 to 6 times.
Read more at Huffington Post.