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What Is The Flu?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Different strains exist, with the degree of illness ranging from mild to severe, even leading to death in some people. Symptoms include fever, tiredness, muscle aches, cough, headache, sore throat, and nausea.

How Bodybuilding Reduces the Risk of Catching The Flu

  • Training. Training helps strengthen the body, making it less prone to illness and better able to fight it off.
  • Moderate intensity exercise has been shown to be able to boost the immune system. It has been proposed that increased blood flow and volume during exercise help circulate our immune cells more efficiently and quickly helping to rid of harmful bacteria and viruses.
  • A Healthy Diet. Bodybuilders tend to eat more than most people. The more vitamins and minerals consumed, the better your energy and immune system will be. Bodybuilders are also more conscious of the types of food they are consuming.
  • Supplementation. As a bodybuilder, taking a multivitamin/ mineral supplement, and whey protein helps support the immune system.
  • Good Sleeping Habits. Sleep is crucial for the bodybuilder to recover. Sleep also functions to discourage sickness. During rest and sleep your body rebuilds muscle back to be stronger than before.

Anti-Flu Tips

Get vaccinated to prevent you from catching the flu and minimise any down time from catching it. Antiviral drugs can be helpful when taken during the early onset of symptoms. Pay attention to personal hygiene. Frequent, and correct washing of hands with soap and water especially after leaving the gym is important. Avoid contact with sick people. Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing with a tissue or elbow, not with your hands, as this may further communicate the virus. Consider buying non wash antibacterial or alcohol gels to use frequently to rid your hands of harmful bacteria.

Bodybuilding For Health

Bodybuilding is a great way to keep the flu at bay. Bodybuilding not only improves your body on a cosmetic level, but also strengthens it against becoming ill. A healthy bodybuilding lifestyle including a good diet, the right supplements (including a multivitamin/mineral and protein powder) and ensuring that you get adequate rest and recovery, will ensure optimal health. Being diligent with your hygiene will reinforce this.

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