Good old exercise is enough to boost your immunity and fight the flu virus if it’s going around, regardless of what time of the year. Save your sick days for another time and try these workouts to beat the common cold.
5 Exercises to Help Alleviate a Cold
Take up a sport now, and you will forever improve your chances against the common cold. Active people suffer fewer colds as their immunity levels are considerably higher than those who live a sedentary lifestyle.
Whether it’s tennis, basketball, hockey or baseball, as long as it is a high-intensity sport, your blood circulation will improve and the regeneration of cells will be quicker.
An ideal way to eliminate upper-respiratory infection, walking at a speed of 4 miles per hour for 45 minutes can considerably improve your immune system, and keep you warm of course.
It is also a great way to build your endurance level if you intend to take on a high-intensity workout plan in the future.
This exercise helps loosen up congestion but should be done at a low to moderate intensity—especially if your cold is accompanied by a cough. More importantly, head out to cycle in the fresh air instead of an indoor gym.
Cover up so that you’re not cold—including your head and ears—and try to ride alongside greener patches like the neighborhood park or the countryside.
Don’t wait for a fire drill to take the stairs; do it regularly. Stair training develops the immune system by increasing cell reproduction which fights viruses. This method is more about prevention than cure.
Dancing it out to some tunes can be a mood lifter, which is exactly what you need when you are sick. Zumba will get the heart pumping and open up your airways without putting too much stress on the body.
If you’re sneezing or coughing, replicate the moves at home to avoid spreading the infection at a dance class.
P.S. You will need a healthy dose of 30-45 minutes of these exercises, five days a week. You can pick one or do a combination, and still get the same results.
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Updated July 19th, 2018