There’s a simple way to boost your immune system, say experts, that doesn’t involve fancy foods and special drinks. And it doesn’t cost a dime. Mounting research shows that moderate exercise for less than an hour daily can reap many health benefits, including an improved immune response.
According to Popsugar, a 2019 study concluded that working out not only has a positive effect on your immune system, it also decreases your risk of illness and has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. The researchers stressed that moderate intensity is the key to these health benefits, while unusually intense exercise can have the opposite effect.
Exercise is also known to have psychological benefits, says Dr. Dean Winslow, an infectious disease physician at Stanford Health Care, which also protect your immune system. Chronic stress and anxiety suppress your immune system by increasing inflammation and creating an emotional strain that prevents you from adopting healthy habits, Winslow tells Popsugar. Exercise of all kinds can help relieve stress, he says.
A new study reveals that even in isolation, without access to gyms and sports clubs, people should continue to exercise daily. Dr. James Turner, from the Department of Health at the University of Bath in England, underscored that “regular exercise has a tremendous positive effect our your health and well-being, both today and for the future,” according to Science Daily.
“In the context of coronavirus and the conditions we find ourselves today, the most important consideration is reducing your exposure to other people who may be carrying the virus,” he said. “But people should not overlook the importance of staying fit, active and healthy during this period. Provided it is carried out in isolation — away from others, then regular, daily exercise will help better maintain the way the immune system works.”
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