People who exercise regularly are less likely to get flu – 2018 – ROJoson / RO Joson

Last January 1, 2018, I was about to make a blog announcing my observation and experience that I did not get a flu for two straight years as a result of my daily exercises which I started 2 years ago.  Three years ago and earlier, I usually got flu at least once a year.

I decided to hold my blog and see what will happen to me during the next few days as my wife and daughter were down with severe flu starting January 1, 2018.  My wife had severe coughs, fever, headache and body malaise for about 2 weeks starting January 1, 2018.  My daughter had coughs, headache, and body malaise for about a week.

I tried isolating myself from them but not totally.  I was observing myself.  January 4, 2018, I felt a little sore throat.  I thought that would be the start of my flu.  However, it lasted only one night.  I continued to do my daily walking and flexing and stretching exercises during this time.

On January 8, 2018, my sore throat came back followed by malaise.  I still did my daily exercise but diminished it in intensity (from 3 km to 2 km, from 30 counts to 25 counts). On January 9, 2018 – Tuesday – Quiapo Day (good I canceled my clinic session and operation), I was already having productive cough, runny nose and body malaise.  I decided not to do exercises anymore. I also did not do exercises on January 10, 2018.  However, I noticed cessation of colds and decrease in intensity of my cough and body malaise.  On January 11, 2018, I went to work – operation at 7 am and clinics from 10 am to 1 pm.  I resumed my walking and stretching and flexing exercises but still diminished in intensity.  It was only on January 12, 2018, when I felt I had fully recovered that I brought back my walking exercise to 3 km and stretching and flexing counts to 30.

There you are – a total of 2 to 3 days down from flu after being infected by my wife and daughter but with mild symptoms. I am happy to reaffirm what I said in March 20, 2017 –

People who exercise regularly are less likely to get upper respiratory tract infections

I wrote this blog on March 20, 2017.  I like to extend it to flu.

People who exercise regularly are less likely to get flu.

People who exercise regularly are less likely to get upper respiratory tract infections and flu or if they do, the symptoms are less severe.

Pls. read my blog of March 20, 2017.

Here is an excerpt from Webmd (2017) – Exercise and the Common Cold

If you’re looking for a safe way to prevent colds, regular exercise may be the ticket. And you don’t have to run a marathon, either. Moderate activity is all you need.

Exercise improves your overall fitness, which can help boost your immune system — the body’s defense against infections.

Some studies show that “moderate intensity” exercise may cut down the number of colds you get. That type of activity includes things like a 20- to 30-minute walk every day, going to the gym every other day, or biking with your kids a few times a week.

In one study in the American Journal of Medicine, women who walked for a half-hour every day for 1 year had half the number of colds as those who didn’t exercise. Researchers found that regular walking may lead to a higher number of white blood cells, which fight infections.

In another study, researchers found that in 65-year-olds who did regular exercise, the number of T-cells — a specific type of white blood cell — was as high as those of people in their 30s.



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