The Common Cold is Less Common Among the Fit
David C. Nieman, DrPH, FACSM
Regular physical activity should be combined with other lifestyle strategies to more effectively reduce URTI risk. These strategies include stress management, regular sleep, avoidance of malnutrition, high intake of fruit, and proper hygiene. Upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) is caused by multiple and diverse pathogens, making it unlikely that a unifying vaccine will be developed. Lifestyle strategies are receiving increased attention by investigators and public health officials, and a comprehensive lifestyle approach that includes physical activity has high potential to make the common cold less common.
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