Friday, March 13, 2020

Can Exercise Boost Immunity? Yep!

Exercise is good for heat health, bone density, healthy weight/body fat percentage and stress reduction. But did you know it can also keep you from getting sick? What?! Mind. Blown. Is there anything exercise can't do?!

When we move our bodies, our whole system gets stronger...including our immune system. When you exercise circulation improves and increases which means that the cells and such of the immune system move quickly and freely through the body doing their good work. Exercise can also increase the amount of immune cells each time we work out AND send them to places in the body more likely to be infected ...pretty amazing right?

Does that mean that you should become an exercise addict or run yourself into the ground? Nope. Don't do that....that can cause a different body response. It's important to give yourself rest after working out, plus, it doesn't have to be a crazy intense workout either. Walking at a moderate pace for 30 minutes most days of the week and throwing in some strength training 2-3 days a week is a great way to keep your body healthy.

If you are new to exercise, working with a personal trainer is a great way to get started. Your trainer can make sure you have correct form and are lifting the right amount of weight for your body and fitness level. If you already work out, keep it up! If your gym closes for a bit or you need to stay home, use body weight exercises and go for a walk/run/bike outside to get fresh air. Here's a quick little workout to get your heart-rate up and muscles stronger....and you can do it anywhere!

Heading to the gym? Make sure to practice really really good hygiene: wash hands before and after your workout and wipe off equipment before and after use. Might seem like overkill, but it's good for you and the next person to use it.

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