Saturday, July 14, 2012

Meditation, Exercise, & Immunity

Meditation & Exercise (individually) both prevent illness & lessen illness severity
149 participants were randomized into 1 of 3 groups: no intervention, 8 weeks of exercise, or 8 weeks of meditation. The control group got sick 40 times and had 453 days of illness, the exercise group got sick 26 times and had 241 days of illness, while the meditation group got sick 27 times and had 257 days of illness. The participants were also surveyed to assess the severity of their illness, with a higher score indicating more severe symptoms. The control group had a mean severity score of 358, exercise 248, and meditation 144. In terms of days of work missed: the control group missed 67 days, exercise 32, and meditation only 16.

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