If you have read my previous blogs you know that exercise is the true Fountain of Youth, but did you know that exercise also gives you stronger immunity? Ever notice that people who work out regularly tend to get fewer colds and bouts of flu than those who avoid the gym?
Every time you exercise, it puts stress on your entire body, stimulating the release of certain immune system hormones and chemicals. If you exercise moderately on a regular basis, you’re able to maintain a higher level of immune activity. When you exercise you also increase your circulation and your blood flow throughout your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of finding an illness before it spreads.
Are you afraid of having to do lots of real strenuous exercise?
The good news is that you actually shouldn’t. If you exercise too much, this has a negative effect, increasing inflammation and eventually suppressing the immune system.
Do you want more good news? This is not a lifetime of exercise needed to get immunity results. The response of your immune system to a single physical workout is intense enough to supercharge the effects of a pneumonia or influenza vaccine, particularly in the elderly, who tend to have weaker immune systems to begin with. Exercise regularly, and those vaccines are more likely to work in you. With or without a vaccine, physical activity significantly reduces your risk of developing an infection, studies find, such as upper respiratory tract infections like colds and bronchitis, as well as pneumonia. And remember, we aren’t talking about training for a marathon here, but something as gentle as the ancient Chinese martial art of Tai chi can boost your immune system enough that it can better fight of the viruses.
But how much exercise is enough? The correct amount of exercise to keep your immunity strong is 30 minutes worth of exercise three days a week.
Exercise is great to ward off the everyday cold and flu, but what about more serious ailments?
Exercise is Preventive Medicine. It prevents Obesity and diabetes, reduces stress, and lowers your blood pressure. Maintaining a fitness regimen can also go a long way toward warding off a stroke. Inactivity can raise your risk for a stroke by as much as 20 percent research shows when compared to those who exercise at least three times a week.
Unfortunately, many fail to get sufficient amounts of exercise. Worse yet, a majority of people may still endanger their health simply by sitting too much. There is evidence that suggests that even if you exercise regularly, prolonged sitting is itself a risk factor for chronic disease and reduced life span. The trick here is to frequently interrupt your sitting in order to optimize your health and longevity. This can be done as simple as standing up once every 20 minutes. Sitting at a desk all day? Take a water break every 20 minutes. Set a timer if you have to. Most of the smart phones we care now have one, so the timer things should be easy.
So the take away here? Get moving! Your life depends on it.
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