Stop a Cold Before It Starts – Exercise!


I feel a cold coming on. Bummer. I must admit, the older I get the less tolerance I have for getting sick. No one likes being sick, but I’m just a big fat baby when a sore throat and body aches start to take hold. Maybe it’s because I get no love. I can’t tell you the last time someone made me a bowl of soup, went to the store to get me cold medicine or even thought about rubbing vapor rub on my chest. Where’s my lime Jell-O…or the cinnamon toast and warm milk? Mommie!!!

So, I go it alone. Suffering in silence. Well, maybe not that silent.

The one thing I might have going for me is that if I keep participating in daily moderate exercise I should expect to suffer about half the number of colds I get now when I hit post menopause. There’s some evidence that moderate exercise such as brisk walking 30 to 45 minutes a day could ward off colds. So says a recent study led by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The study found that postmenopausal women who exercised regularly for a year had about half the risk of colds compared to those who did not work out routinely. The findings appear in the November issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

This we do know, since influenza and colds are caused by viruses, frequent hand-washing, keeping your hands away from your face, and avoiding contact with infected folks will all help in staving off colds. And like anything, moderation is key. Too much exercise when you feel a cold coming can be tough on your immune system, so don’t over do it.

Now, could somebody pass me a tissue? *sniff*

3 responses to “Stop a Cold Before It Starts – Exercise!”

  1. Kathy says:

    Cindy, I used to like doing exercise tapes, and, if I felt like I had cold (or even flu), I would still pull my butt off the couch and do a tape….but at a lower intensity. I always felt better afterwards because it got me breathing heavy and I could get rid of some of the congestion that way! It also helps my asthma for the same reason.

    And the lime jello is jelling, the toast is toasting, and here’s a cyber hug: {{{{{{cindy}}}}}} Hope you feel better!

  2. Cindy says:

    Aww, that’s so nice Kathy. I felt that. I did! Now, what I want to know, is it feed a cold starve a fever, or feed a fever starve a cold? Or just feed me!

  3. Kathy says:

    As long as there’s no ummmm…upchucking…with either condition, I believe it’s just feed me!

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