Exercise is such an important part of so many of our lives and apparently, that very exercise that we LOVE can help us to stay healthy! It’s been said that exercise can help our immune system! Although we don’t quite know if or how exercise increases your immunity to some illnesses there are lots of theories bouncing around, some of these theories are as follows.
- The brief rise in body temperature during and after exercise may prevent the growth of bacteria and help the body fight infection better. Similarly, to what happens when you have a fever/temperature.
- Sometimes stress increases the chance of illness, Exercise slows down the amount of stress hormones being released!! So, by exercising and reducing the amount of stress hormones released, you could protect yourself form stress related illness.
- Physical activity may help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways. This may reduce the chance of you getting cold and flu related illnesses.
- Antibodies and white blood cells work more rapidly when exercising, the rapid movement may mean that they could detect illness earlier than when you were not exercising. As anti-bodies and white blood cells are the body’s immune system you could argue that they help prevent infections.
If you are somebody who exercises regularly, you do not need to exercise more to help your immunity, however those of you who do not regularly exercise why not give it a try and see if it helps?
Below are some ways you can start some regular exercise.
- Take a daily 20 – 30 Minute walk!
- Go to your local leisure centre for a game of badminton or squash 2 days a week!
- Go for a swim 3 days a week!
- Do an aerobics class 2 days a week!
- Go to the gym every other day!
On top of these theories of exercise helping our immune systems, there are so many other great benefits of exercising regularly, it can make you feel happier and healthier, it can take up some spare time in lockdown and it can occupy your brain away from that hard day at work. So, go for that walk, take that Zumba class and lift those weights. You’ve Got this!