With flu season still active, a novel virus emptying stores of supplies, and allergy season hitting hard, self care is the topic of the day! There is a surprising amount you can do to maintain your immune system and keep firing at your best. One of the best things we can do to reinforce our immune system is actually exercise!
Now obviously growing your muscles does not do a lot directly for the cells that combat infection. However, it does have a lot of indirect benefits that very much affect how healthy we can be! One of the best side effects of exercise is the positive impact it has on balancing the stress response of our body. Chronic stress can have a major impact on our immune system. But, the endorphins released during exercise, and particularly the impact of mindful exercise on mental state, can do a lot to help manage this. It also can decrease our risk on this end!
Chronic conditions that result from inactivity can also play a major role in our immune system function. Their presence seems to strain our immune system’s efficiency. As exercise and a good diet plays a huge role in managing many chronic conditions of the cardiovascular system, we often find that those with less comorbidities in this area also seem to be impacted to a lesser degree by infection!
And the great news is there’s never a bad time to start this process! Getting moving and active always has benefits. And many strong benefits can be seen in as little as two weeks of a good program! So get moving and stay as healthy as possible!!!!