We are all looking for ways to avoid and prevent illness during this trying time of pandemic and added stress. Strengthening the immune system is a big way to keep illness at bay. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that exercise can help to strengthen your immune system.
Body Temperature, Antibodies, and More
Performing moderate intensity exercise has a plethora of benefits. Doing this regularly will help your body reduce inflammation. As a result, the immune system will be better able to perform. Exercise can also cause lower rates of respiratory tract infections such as the flu and the common cold. These results are possible because exercising can help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways.
When you exercise, there is brief rise in your body temperature. The temperature rise is also present right after you exercise. This can help prevent bacteria from growing in your body, and help it better fight infections. It has also been shown that exercise can cause change in antibodies and white blood cells, enabling them to circulate through your body more rapidly and detect illness earlier on.
A lot of us tend to work out to help reduce stress in our lives. Working out does slow down the release of stress hormones, which is great news for our immune system. When you experience a lot of stress in your daily life it tends to weaken the immune system.These are all essentially “bonus” benefits of working out. It is important to note that working out will do wonders to other aspects of your life, and you can change your exercise routine to fit your specific goals.
What Kind of Exercise is Best?
These findings were based off of moderate intensity exercise. This can include going for a walk 20-30 minutes per day, working out at the gym 3-4 times per week, riding bikes with your kids, and other similar activities.
More high intensity exercise can actually cause harm to the immune system. High intensity exercise is classified by higher heart rate and longer workout times. Activities that are considered higher intensity include long distance running, intense sports training, and other similar activities. It is possible to keep your immune system strong while doing these activities, but it is important for you to prioritize rest and recovery between your workout sessions.
Working Out During the COVID Pandemic
Feeling comfortable working out during this time is paramount. It contributes to your ability to stay consistent and enjoy what you are doing.
LI LIVE Health Club is a great option for you whether you want to work out in person, or at home. Our small facility holds no more than 4 clients at a time. We sanitize after each client. We offer HIIT Training and One-on-One Training, both in person and online via Zoom.