#Fitness Friday: I got nothin’….exept germs!

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Apparently I came home from my husband’s Disney Marathon with some kind of mutant germ that is trying it’s best to kill me. I have been sick for about 10 days now…I started out with my normal holistic regimen of saline, herbal teas, vitamins, fluids and sleep. I have moved on to self medicating with my kid’s steroids and inhalers in an attempt to not cough up a lung. I am about to throw in the towel against these Micky Mouse mutant microbes and head to the doctor for a round of antibiotics. Since I am allergic to just about every common antibiotic, they will have to put me on some super antimicrobial that will make me nauseous, wreak havoc on my intestinal track and result in months of yogurt therapy to combat those girly problems that always follow antibiotics. Or I could just cough up a lung…hey, I have 2, right?
So, last night my husband says to me (between my fits of coughing) “You should go running more.”
“Why”” I ask? “Because it doesn’t hurt enough to breath while standing still?”
He clarifies a bit…no, don’t go running NOW but running would help prevent your colds from turning into this respiratory failure that requires your own pharmacy to treat. So, I wonder to myself…is there any truth to this theory? Can running improve lung function for people who have a tendency towards respiratory illnesses? (technically, at least according to the doctor, I have “Reactive Airway Disease” and not actual asthma but we will just generalize and call them ‘breathing issues’)  I run occasionally (usually when I feel REALLY guilty about what I ate the day before!) but am not what anyone would call an avid runner. Walking…yes, way more my speed. Running is something to do to keep me from buying new pants.
So, what did I learn from my brief search about running and respiratory illnesses? Livestrong.com has a ton of information on increasing lung function which includes not only exercises but also an assortment of foods and herbal supplements as well.
WebMD has a ton of information on how exercise can improve immunity. And yes, they recommend moderate exercise during a cold, although recommend taking caution if you have asthma and breathing issues since they could be aggravated during your workout.
Final Conclusion:  Yes, if I ran more I could increase lung function. Yes, if I ran more I would boost my immunity. Would running prevent the onset of ‘coughing up a lung’ disease every time I get a cold? I didn’t find anything conclusive one way or another.
Any of you runners have a link you want to share where I can find an answer? 

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