Exercise, meditation can help prevent cold, flu symptoms, according to study

Posted: October 24, 2014 By: Comment: 0


Meditation and exercise are effective cold and flu fighters, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

People who are prone to colds and flu can find relief with a regular program of exercise or meditation, a new study suggests.

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers looked at 149 active and sedentary middle-aged adults to compare the preventive effects of moderate exercise and mindful meditation on the severity of colds and flu during winter.

Subjects who started a daily exercise routine had fewer bouts of illness and missed fewer days of work, researchers found. Those who also performed mindfulness meditation for 45 minutes a day over an eight-week period were sick less than their non-meditating counterparts.