I just came across this article on HowStuffWorks.com, which by the way is pretty much the most amazing website ever if you’re a factoid junkie like me. And no, they don’t pay me to say that, but they can if they want to (How Stuff Works, call me).
I spend significant hours each week listening to the various kick-ass podcasts “How Stuff…” puts out as well as trolling the website. I recommend the Stuff You Should Know and Stuff Mom Never Told You podcasts to start you off, although they’re really all good. I digress… Yesterday I read this article which explains why it’s actually OK to go for a jog when you’re feeling under the weather. I can not only attest to the validity of this notion but I heartily endorse it. Whenever I feel that tickle in the back of my throat or a general oockiness in my head, I hit the running trail.
The first time I tried this it honestly felt like the last thing I wanted to do with a cold coming on, so don’t feel bad if this practice is hard to swallow at first. It’ll be a lot harder to swallow if you just sit there and let yourself get a sore throat. After making this my go-to preventative care practice, I head for my sneakers faster than I head for the echinacea. Not only does it make me feel better, but I truly think it works as well as vitamin C or zinc to stave off the full blown cold/flu/cough that may have ensued had I sat on the couch watching yet another episode of Say Yes to the Dress with a box of Kleenex and chicken soup. I have no scientific evidence to back this claim. All I know is that I have almost gotten sick at least thrice in the past two years and I’ve somehow managed to emerge victorious every time in the battle of Rebecca vs. the germs. Try it. Being the superstitious sucker that I am, I’m positive that I just jinxed myself and will now come down with some horrible strain of swine flu that no amount of mileage can cure. Nonetheless, trust me. Next time you feel that inexplicable feeling; that “oh no I think I’m getting sick but I’m not quite sick yet” feeling, go for a jog. Sweat those germy suckers out.
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