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How Fitness Helps Boost Your Immune System

posted by FitnessFirst Team January 14, 2018 0 comments

It has been proven that exercise can influence and help to flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways, which normally causes us to get the cold or the flu. Exercise helps to reduce the risk of getting sick and is attributed to changes in antibodies that are produced by the body and white blood cells (WBC).

The WBCs protect our body in the fight against disease, if they are low  you are more prone to get sick quickly and the chances of you getting sick are higher than normal.

The increase in body temperature during and after workouts can help the body to fight the infection better; this is very similar to what happens when you get a fever, the best way to get rid of it is to #SweatItOut!

Exercise slows down the release of stress hormones since stress increases the chance of illness. Lower stress hormones may protect against illness.

Studies have shown that people who follow a moderately energetic lifestyle benefit most from starting (and sticking to) an exercise program.

A moderate exercise program can consist of:

  • Bicycling with your children a few times a week
  • Taking 20 to 30 minute walks daily
  • Going to the gym every other day
  • Practicing yoga a few times a week

On the other hand, too much exercise can cause your immune system to weaken. This is why you may feel very rundown and weak if you’re training for a marathon, or doing a lot of exercise during a short window of time. So make sure that you take the time to recover after a tough work out and get enough rest for your body with at least 8 hours of sleep every night.

Watch the video below to see 5 different exercises to work your total body help you #SweatItOut at the gym and boost your immunity.

 Sharon Reid
Fitness Manager
European Business Centre

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