Skiing can help prevent the flu: ACSM releases report on exercise benefit

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 18, 2009 12:39 pm

A recent paper released by the American Academy of Sports Medicine (ACSM) reconfirmed that exercise does increase immunity. According to the paper’s author, Dr. David Nieman, several studies have shown a “20- to 50-percent decrease in sick time for active people completing at least 45 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (such as walking) most days of the week.”

What does this mean for skiers and snowboarders? Considering one long groomer can run you about ten minutes, only five runs will help you beat the flu. For higher intensity exercise, hit the steeps and take shorter-radius turns, or ski the bumps. 

One reason skiing and exercise in general may help boost immunity is that blowing off steam reduces stress and thus the amount of cortisol in the body. The ‘stress’ hormone has been linked to increased bouts of illness, not to mention belly fat. So if you ski and snowboard more, you can be more mentally balanced, leaner and flu-free.



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