We’re all told that exercise and mediation can help us lose weight, reduce stress and improve our heart health. But they could also have another hidden benefit: preventing us from getting a cold or the flu. Researchers say that mindfulness meditation or moderate exercise reduced the chances of getting sick by nearly 30%. And the adults who did get sick, but engaged in either activity, had less severe symptoms, missed fewer days of work and paid fewer visits to the doctor than those who did neither.
The team, from the University of Wisconsin, hopes the results lead to doctors ‘prescribing’ the activities to patients in addition to the flu shot. The research follows up on a past study conducted by the team in 2012, which found that meditation or exercise could reduce cold and flu episodes 30-60%.