Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wellness Wednesday: Survival of the Fittest

Today's Workout:
5.5 mile run (with 30 second strides every minute on the last mile)

Hello everyone and Happy Hump Day!
Have you gotten sick this summer? It seems like everyone around me is catching a cold or some kind of virus. It's not unusual for people to get sick during the summertime because of the heat and poor hydration. The combination of those two things, combined with lack of sleep, poor eating habits and lack of exercise, makes us more susceptible to the common cold and flu. Do you know how to quickly get rid of your cold? Don't even bother with Emergen-C, Airborne or Echinacea, all you need is some exercise in your life. Yes people, just exercise!
Studies have shown  that people who are physically fit tend to have fewer colds and when they do get a cold, their symptoms are milder and last for fewer days. As you may imagine, people who are more likely to get sick are those who stress out too much, don't sleep enough, have bad eating habits and don't exercise.

These are the reasons why exercise helps beat the sniffles:
1. Exercise boosts the circulation of white blood cells (our fighter cells), which fights off viruses.
2. Exercise increases endorphins (this is the source of the "runner's high"), which spikes our immune cells (aka fighter cells) thus making our immune system stronger.
3. Active people tend to live healthier lives, so they usually eat healthy, sleep plenty and don't have any bad vices, such as smoking or heavy drinking.
You don't have to be a professional marathoner to beat the cold, all it takes is a mild walk at least 5 times a week for 30 minutes a day. This is a great way to remove toxins from your body, relieve stress, improve your mood and boost your energy. This is a classic case of survival of the fittest. So get motivated and get going, you won't regret it!

How do you beat the common cold?
I'm grateful for the chats I have
with my mother on the phone
 while I drive home from work.
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  1. I really liked this post today!! You always give such good advice/tips!! I used to smoke and I would get sick all the time. Once I quit I thought I didn't get sick as much because I wasn't smoking but it could also be because I put cigarettes down and put running shoes on. I get sick way less and feel a million times better overall!

  2. I think you're absolutely right. The combination of exercising and not smoking has improved your overall well-being. Isn't it a great feeling?