How Does Exercise Affect Immunity?
Low and moderate-intensity exercise naturally lowers cortisol levels and helps with immune function. Our immune system is designed to fight off infection and disease, and the most effective mechanisms of the innate response against viral infections are done by the activation of natural killer (NK) cells. These NK cells are known to be triggered during physical exertion. However, too much exercise beyond our capacity can be stressful on the body, so it’s a good idea not to push the body to the point of burnout at times of viral outbreaks.
An exercise that combines being outdoors might prove the best benefits for you! Yes, there’s now plenty of documented evidence on the mental and physiological benefits of going outdoors. According to a recent study, just one weekend in the woods will automatically reset your inner clock (or circadian rhythm) which help you sleep better. Another study found that walking 90 minutes in nature decreases activity in a key region of the brain associated with depression. Find more health enhancing benefits of spending time in nature via our blog post titled “Boost Immunity, Go Outdoors” We also explored the other aspects involved in boosting our immunity during an outbreak here.
Contact us to find ways you can get active while practicing appropriate social distancing protocols. Solo cycling could be a good way to get around the pandemic during this time.
Exercising at home might prove to be a good idea for a while, and there are plenty of resources and apps available for you. Many trainers are also now offering online workouts during this outbreak. We’ve compiled a list of workouts on our YouTube channel too. Workout.lk also provides online home workout plans and a delivery service so you can order your fitness gear right to your doorstep.
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