Fit Society Page Newsletter – Healthy Immune System
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Inflammation, Disease and Exercise
By: Robert Mazzeo, Ph.D., FACSM
You may have heard the term “chronic inflammation” but may not know what it is or why it is important. Inflammation is an immune system response to harmful agents or damaged cells and is usually termed acute or chronic. Chronic inflammation refers to a more gradual, prolonged inflammatory response that involves progressive changes in various cell types and functions that can persist for several years with deleterious effects. Now the good news. Participation in regular aerobic exercise has been shown to have numerous beneficial effects resulting in an improved inflammatory profile and overall immune function. Read more.
Exercise is Prevention By: Sue Brown
Recently, I received a letter from my health insurance agency regarding a free online service which provided supportive self-help tools for health. It caused me some concern when they referred to high blood pressure and high cholesterol as common conditions. While these may be common conditions, the risk of developing many of these can be decreased with lifestyle choices. Read more.
Nice-to-Know Facts about the Flu By: James A. Peterson, Ph.D., FACSM
This article originally appeared in the January/February 2015 issue of the ACSM Health & Fitness Journal.
SOBERING STATISTICS Between 5 and 20 percent of Americans (of all ages) will get the flu during a particular year. Of those individuals, approximately 200,000 (on average) will be hospitalized. As such, up to 49,000 people will die each year from flu-related causes, which makes influenza (along with pneumonia) the eighth leading cause of death in American men. Find out more about the flu.
By: James MacDonald, M.D., FACSM
Q: I mostly exercise to keep my weight down, but I am intrigued by some things I read about boosting my immune system by working out. What’s the evidence for this? In short, ‘what’s the skinny’ on working out to fight off colds? Read the answer.
Q: That sounds like good news. But what about conditions that pose bigger risks to me, such as cancers. I’ve read a healthy immune system can prevent cancers. Can physical activity help me fight off cancers the way it helps me fight off colds? Read the answer.
The Athlete’s Kitchen: Fighting Fatigue: Why am I so tired?
By: Nancy Clark MS, RD, CSSD
Athletes commonly complain about fatigue and feeling too tired, too often. Granted, many of them wake up at early o-thirty to run, attend a morning spin class or row with the crew team. Some do killer workouts that would leave anyone feeling exhausted. Many routinely get too little sleep. And the question remains: How can I have more energy? Read more.