When you include the American Institute for Cancer Research in your estate plans, you make a major difference in the fight against cancer.

Corporate Champions who partner with the American Institute for Cancer Research stand at the forefront of the fight against cancer

The Annual AICR Research Conference is the most authoritative source for information on diet, obesity, physical activity and cancer.

The Continuous Update Project (CUP) is an ongoing program that analyzes global research on how diet, nutrition and physical activity affect cancer risk and survival.

A major milestone in cancer research, the Third Expert Report analyzes and synthesizes the evidence gathered in CUP reports and serves as a vital resource for anyone interested in preventing cancer.

AICR has pushed research to new heights, and has helped thousands of communities better understand the intersection of lifestyle, nutrition, and cancer.

Read real-life accounts of how AICR is changing lives through cancer prevention and survivorship.

We bring a detailed policy framework to our advocacy efforts, and provide lawmakers with the scientific evidence they need to achieve our objectives.

AICR champions research that increases understanding of the relationship between nutrition, lifestyle, and cancer.

AICR’s resources can help you navigate questions about nutrition and lifestyle, and empower you to advocate for your health.

AICR is committed to putting what we know about cancer prevention into action. To help you live healthier, we’ve taken the latest research and made 10 Cancer Prevention Recommendations.

December 8, 2014 | 2 minute read

Does physical activity protect against catching a cold or wear down your resistance?

Q: Does physical activity protect against catching a cold or wear down your resistance?

A: Regular moderate physical activity reduces the risk of respiratory infections, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. The common cold is an upper respiratory infection caused by a virus. Whether you get sick with a cold after you’ve been exposed to a virus depends on many influences on your immune system, such as how well you’re eating and whether you’ve been getting enough sleep, as well as age, stress and tobacco use. Physical activity seems to be among those important influences, too. Intense heavy exercise (as in runners training for a marathon) may decrease immune function and leave people more vulnerable when exposed to cold viruses.

However, several randomized controlled studies have shown that people walking 35-45 minutes five days a week reported about half as many days with cold symptoms as inactive people in the studies. Part of this protection may come from promotion of healthy IgA levels, the immune cells particularly linked with fighting colds and other respiratory infections. In several studies of seniors age 65 and above, those assigned to an aerobic exercise group showed better IgA levels than did a control group. Several large population studies have also shown that frequent aerobic activity compared to a sedentary lifestyle predicts fewer sick days during the cold season.

For more on adding activity to your day, our Getting Started section offers ideas.

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