I’ve taken a break in transmission for a day or two, because I’ve been struck down by some sort of upper respiratory tract virus aka cold/flu. I’m pretty sure it’s not influenza proper, because the fevers, aches and pains are subsiding pretty quickly. In fact, I’m quite surprised that only after a day and a half, I’m beginning to feel as if I’m on the mend.
Of course, I’m wondering if I’m just lucky or whether an increased fitness level (though not to the point of overtraining, which can compromise the immune system) plays a role in preventing colds and flu.
Thus I googled, “does increased fitness prevent colds/flu” and came up with a few stories that suggest that it does just that. This BBC article suggests a 50% less chance of contracting a cold outcome if you exercise regularly.
Of course, good nutrition and good sleep hygiene will also play a role, but it’s encouraging to think that being a bit fitter than the average is helping me get over this cold faster. Plus I’m having a lovely time resting up and being inspired by the Olympics!
Do you feel your fitness levels help or hinder your recovery from colds/flu?