Sore throat...

Posted Thu, 6th Nov 2014

I know exactly when I am coming down with something as my throat gets soar and tickly, which eventually leaves me with a cold. My way of relieving symptoms is usually to spend a day in bed, purely sleeping. I try and stay away from the' lemsips' (other products are available!) and go with natural products such as hot water, lemon, honey. I also drink much more water to keep my fluids up.

The change in temperature, the shorter days and children back in school can have an impact on our bodies due to the changes in stress.

There have been plenty of studies on exercise and colds. A study in 2002 showed that those who exercised are 20-30% less likely to get a cold. A study in 2006 took 115 menopausal women and showed that regular moderate exercise reduced the risks of colds. In fact, immunity was actually strongest in the final quarter of the year, showing how important it is to keep doing moderate exercise regularly rather than dipping in and out.

To keep these cold symptoms at bay, make sure you keep up these points below:

1. Get plenty of rest - avoid tv or tablets for an hour before sleeping

2. Exercise - Keeping up a healthy exercise routine keeps your immune system strong

3. Drink plenty of water to keep your digestion system clean

4. Avoid sugary products and don't eat too many grains

5. Reduce stress

So remember, don't feel like you have to blast your way into exercise. Make sure that it is moderate & consistent and when the body becomes stronger, then increase the intensity or volume. Don't leave training for your event until last minute as it can actually be more detrimental to your health.

Over and out
The secret Cyclist! 


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