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Exercise for a stronger immune system

Bottom Line: Get that daily dose of exercise to boost your immunity. By carving out time to be active, you can feel better, more energized, and strengthen your immune system. Make it a point to take a brisk walk 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. An active routine will allow you to stay healthier and feel more energized overall.

Why it Matters: Exercise and taking steps to maintain an active lifestyle in general can help to naturally increase your immunity in a variety of ways. So just what are the added benefits of breaking a sweat? Read on…

– Exercise gets our blood pumping more rapidly, which helps white blood cells circulate more rapidly to better fend off illness.
– Increased activity levels can also 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.

Next Steps: A recent health survey found that an incredible 60% of participants reported fewer colds since they began their exercise routine. Follow their lead and skip the stress of being sick this year by being proactive. By simply taking a walk each day, you can start strengthening your immune system and decreasing your likelihood of having to call in sick.

 

Science Source:
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

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