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Walking 'may help beat off common cold'

Posted 3 November 2010
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Walking 'may help beat off common cold'
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Those concerned they may catch a cold if they go walking in the chilly autumn weather may think again, after new research indicated getting lots of exercise is a good way to avoid colds.

A study carried out at the Human Performance Laboratory at Appalachian State University showed that those exercising five times a week suffered fewer coughs and sneezes, with the fittest third getting 43 per cent less colds and similar bugs to the least fit third.

Such research suggests there could be nothing better to do to keep colds away in the winter than by being active, although dressing up warm will still be important.

Those popping down to their nearest Go Outdoors store can pick up fleeces and winter jackets to ensure they can stay warm in the coming months.

One good chance to go winter walking is being offered by the Ramblers, which is running a series of walks from short strolls to challenging mountain hikes over the Christmas and new year period.

Posted by Dan Mirza