Want to reduce the number of colds you get this season? This is no myth; there is a way! You may not have ever thought that exercise does more than burn calories, but it is beneficial to your overall health, and can even help protect you from a cold! But how?

The recommended amount of exercise is at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes. This routine of moderate exercise helps boost your immune system to help you fight those simple infections like the cold and flu. In other words, your body will become more efficient at destroying intruders and therefore keep you happy and healthy.

According to The American Journal of Medicine, one study reported that women who walked for a half hour every day for a year had fewer colds than women who did not exercise. Did I convince you yet?

Remember, exercise does not mean just going to the gym and running on a treadmill. Make it something you enjoy doing! Get your friends together to walk around town while fall is in the air, or go to a fitness class in the new Rec Center that you have always wanted to try. They range anywhere from dancing to the beats of Zumba, to traveling miles on your bike in cycling. Take control of your workout, and embrace the fact that you can fight your risk for colds just by doing something you love!

For more ideas, check out more classes at the Rec Center!

By Jen Ryan, Peer Educator