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Children who run around more could be less likely to end up with coughs and colds.
A study of 104 children aged four to seven suggests regular exercise may ward off the sniffles.
The children wore a fitness tracker armband for 40 days to measure their daily steps and type of physical activity.
Their parents filled out a daily survey for 60 days on their symptoms of coughs, sneezes, sore throats, runny and blocked noses, and tiredness.
The study, led by the Medical University of Warsaw, and published in the journal Pediatric Research (CORR) analysed the physical activity levels of 104 children aged four to seven
For every 1,000 extra steps a day taken by children, the time they spent with the symptoms of illness was reduced by more than four days.
The study, led by the Medical University of Warsaw, and published in the journal Pediatric Research, concludes: 'Through contact with the natural environment and socialisation opportunities, children benefit from being exposed to sunlight, natural elements, and open air, all of which contribute to a stronger immune system.
'However, the recently observed displacement from a physically active lifestyle and the refrainment from a natural outdoor environment in all