Exercising and maintaining an active lifestyle can help to naturally increase your immunity in a variety of ways.
A recent health survey found that an incredible 60% of participants reported fewer colds since they began their exercise routine. This can be significant reduction as Australian adults can get on average between 2 – 4 colds each year and children between 5 – 10.
Benefits of Exercise
So what are the some of the added benefits of breaking a sweat?
- Exercise gets our blood pumping more rapidly. This helps white blood cells circulate throughout our body quicker to better fend off illness.
- Increased activity levels can slow down the release of stress hormones and stimulate the release of endorphins.
- Higher body temperatures driven by exercise can help prevent bacteria from growing and aid the immune system in fighting infection.
Time to Move
Let’s follow their lead and skip the stress of being sick this year by being proactive. Get that daily dose of exercise to naturally increase your immunity. By carving out time to be active, you can feel better, more energized, and strengthen your immune system.
Here are some simple ways to incorporate movement into your day:
- Make it a point to take a brisk walk first thing in the morning and/or during your lunch break.
- If you can, use a standing desk at work.
- Skip the email and deliver a message to a colleague in person.
- Take the stairs when you have the opportunity to.
- Do some yoga or pilates.
- Utilize your local gym for a workout.
- Take up a social sport and have some fun!
An active routine will allow you to stay healthier, feel more energized overall, and decrease your likelihood of having to call in sick.
Want to know more?
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Medline Plus. Exercise and Immunity. 2017
American College of Sports Medicine: “Exercise and the Common Cold.” 2017
Harvard Health Publishing. Exercising to Relax. February 2011
Health Direct. Cold and Flu Statistics. www.healthdirect.gov.au/colds-and-flu-statistics