"If I can redirect my attention and not have it so compelled by the runny nose or the sore throat, I'm going to be less bothered by colds," Carmody added.
David Nieman, a professor of exercise science at Appalachian State University, thinks that both exercise and meditation might make people less susceptible to illness by reducing their stress levels.
But the benefits of exercise are fleeting, he added. His own research found that people who exercised five days a week had the largest reduction in cold symptoms, while those that exercised only a few days a week had intermediary benefits.
To learn more about meditation practices and health, visit the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
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