Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Exercise, Meditation Can Help Prevent Cold, Flu Symptoms, According To Study

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison found 'a 40 to 50 percent reduction in respiratory infections' among subjects who followed a daily exercise routine and meditated for 45 minutes a day

People who are prone to colds and flu can find relief with a regular program of exercise or meditation, a new study suggests.
University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers looked at 149 active and sedentary middle-aged adults to compare the preventive effects of moderate exercise and mindful meditation on the severity of colds and flu during winter.

Subjects who started a daily exercise routine had fewer bouts of illness and missed fewer days of work, researchers found. Those who also performed mindfulness meditation for 45 minutes a day over an eight-week period were sick less than their non-meditating counterparts.

The study was published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine (MORE)

Source: New York Times


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