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Accelerate your Immune System with Exercise!

Taking care of our immune system and setting it up for success is more important now than ever and these positive effects can help aid in that goal.

Exercise aids in our body’s circulation of blood to transfer all the vitamins and minerals that we have in our bodies to the places they belong. Our cardiovascular system plays an important role in the function of our blood pressure as well. Engaging in cardio work-outs keeps this system working how it should. You don't need a gym or a treadmill to do this! Going out for a walk, jog, or even climbing flights of stairs when you’re stuck in the house can get your blood circulating. Other helpful alternative exercises for a higher level of intensity can be done by doing push ups, squats, lunges, and crunches for even greater, more rapid circulation of the blood!

Studies suggest scientists are still working towards understanding what immune system cells must have to reach an optimum level to fight infections. What they have found thus far is that every system in our body functions much better when we strive to live a healthier lifestyle! Taking the proper steps such as exercising regularly, not excessively smoking or drinking alcohol, consuming more fruits and vegetables, minimizing stress, maintaining a healthy weight, and getting an adequate amount of sleep are essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and hopefully keeping your immune system in fighting shape!.

It is a common belief that the more you exercise, the better off your immune system will be. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Wearing yourself out by over exercising can actually negatively affect your immune system, too. Research suggests that during intense exercise, our immune system stops producing an important hormone which temporarily decreases the functionality of our immune system. Pacing yourself is important! Build up to your exercise goals and always remember to stretch and take water breaks. Simple steps like these can ensure you’re exercising efficiently and not harming your immune system in the process.

Overall, exercise has more benefits for your immune system than drawbacks. An hour of cardiovascular performance is recommended daily and you should still aim towards breaking a sweat without pushing yourself too hard for a better chance of fighting off disease and illness. You may miss your gym, work-out class, or personal trainer but that’s no excuse to not take care of your health. Get moving and stay safe!

Nieman DC, Wentz LM. “The compelling link between physical activity and the body's defense system.J Sport Health Sci. vol. 8, no. 3, 2019, pp. 201-217. doi:0.1016/j.jshs.2018.09.009

My name is Andrew Hasenjaeger. I obtained my Personal Training Certificate from Joliet Junior College. Which has a 3 semester well rounded program setting up their students with an advanced knowledge on how nutrition and exercise improves our daily lives.