Study: Sneak up on colds with sneakers

Oct 27, 2006

Regular exercise may help excise those cold sniffles, researchers in Seattle said.

A study of post-menopausal women showed women who exercised regularly lowered their chance of catching a cold compared to women who were more inactive, the Washington Post said Friday.

For more than a year, researchers at Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center studied 115 post-menopausal women who were overweight or obese. Half were asked to exercise moderately -- such as walking briskly -- for 45 minutes a day five days a week, the Post said. The other half was asked to stretch for 45 minutes once a week.

All participants completed questionnaires every three months to record how many times they experienced allergy attacks, colds and instances of other ailments such as the flu, the Post said.

Researchers said the women who exercised regularly caught fewer colds, and those who only stretched had about three times the risk of getting a cold, the Post said.

Researchers said the findings added to information that long-term, moderate exercise yields positive effects, the Post said. They said more research is needed to confirm the findings.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Parental smoking puts nearly half a million UK children into poverty

Related Stories

Smart phones foster dumb habits among pedestrians

Jan 20, 2011

(AP) -- It was a miserable morning in New York, rain falling heavily and a 30 mph wind that made holding an umbrella difficult. Yet a man walked briskly up Fifth Avenue, balancing his umbrella and dodging ...

Recommended for you

Footpaths and parks support active school commute

13 hours ago

While it probably won't make the idea of attending school more appealing social scientists say different infrastructure and behaviour change programs are key to encouraging young people to take a more active ...

Food barometer measures a population’'s eating habits

15 hours ago

A survey by Taylor's-Toulouse University Centre (TTUC) is collecting data on the food habits of individuals and how their choices are related to modernisation and other social factors. Results show that almost ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.