Healthier Winter

Are you sick of waking up with a lingering cough during the winter that just won’t go away? What about the spontaneous sore throat that keeps you on cough drops like they are gobstoppers? I think I have a trick that will help you strengthen your immune system to keep you feeling healthy. Exercise.

In my previous blog I stated the benefits of exercise dealing slightly with mental health, but exercise will also help strengthen your immune system if you are exercise properly. A moderate-Intensity workout will give you the best results for keeping you healthy. Over working out will actually weaken your system, so be careful.

If you are like most of us and have a hard time getting to the gym during the cold winter months, focus on seasonal activities where you get a minimal of 30min of exercise a day. Here are some ideas:

  • Ice Skating: With plenty of rinks around spend part of your afternoon skating, whether is it playing hockey, with friends, or with a boyfriend or girlfriend (great cheap date).
  • Sledding: Yes, sledding can still be fun as a college student. Anyone who has gone before knows the physical strength it takes to get up the hill time after time.
  • Cross-country Skiing: Right at the Wellness Center are cross country trails during the winter months, don’t be afraid to try it out. It is a lot of fun skiing with a group of people and is very easy to learn! (these will be available mid-January snow accumulation dependent of course)

Make it a goal for yourself this winter to keep your blood pumping and to continue to get your physical activity in. Not only will it increase endurance it will also help build your immune system.

See ya around UND!

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Posted on November 15, 2012, in Emotional, Environmental, Fitness, H&W Hub, Mental Health, Physical, Seven Dimensions of Wellness, Social and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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