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Vigorous exercise 'cuts chance of flu' by around 10%

Running, fast cycling, rugby or other vigorous exercise cuts the chance of catching flu by around 10%, according to research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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Treat flu findings 'cautiously', warns expert

More research will need to be done into the effects of vigorous exercise in warding off the flu, but fresh data shows it can help reduce the chance of catching it, experts have said.

Dr Alma Adler, research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, explained:

We're really interested in the preliminary findings around fitness activity and flu-like illness, as exercise is something that everyone can do to reduce your chance of having flu.

We need to treat this result cautiously as these are preliminary findings, however they are consistent with findings for other conditions and really show the health benefits of exercise.

Although many people have dodged the flu bullet this winter, flu can occur at any time, so taking advantage of the better weather is a great opportunity to get out and get fit to ward off flu this spring.

– Dr Alma Adler

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