Covid-19. Have you heard of it? Who hasn’t, right?
How can we avoid Covid-19, besides social distancing?
There are a couple of things you can do to help prevent and fight off any viruses by keeping your immune system strong.
First is diet. A healthy and well-balanced diet that keeps the immune and metabolic system functioning properly. When a person becomes infected with a virus, the immune system responds to fight the infection. If the immune system is compromised, it cannot neutralize the virus efficiently.
Second is exercise, which can have a huge effect on the immune system. Moderate exercise can decrease rates of viruses and other infections while controlling chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.
The effects of exercise on the immune system include reducing inflammation and increasing the number of innate immune cells in the body, which increase the ability of the immune system to fight viruses. Increased production and circulation of antibodies and T-cells help expel toxins in the body to energize cells and increase metabolism. Decreasing stress hormones (such as adrenaline and cortisol) also strengthen the body’s immunity.
Recent studies have revealed 5 days of exercise per week reduces the risk of upper respiratory infections by almost 50% compared to a sedentary lifestyle.
Finding ways to keep physical activity in your routine while following government guidelines regarding handwashing and social distancing will make a major difference in your overall well-being, as well as help, protect from the effects of Covid-19.
A single workout has been shown to effectively boost the immune system, and the comprehensive effects of regular workouts can add up quickly. It does not take anything intensive, such as running a marathon. Moderate exercise in the form of simple walking or jogging for 30 to 60 minutes can jumpstart your immune system quickly.
Even with no exercise routine in place, the immune system will begin to improve immediately from slowly beginning physical exercise. To prevent injury, it is not suggested to jump into the middle of an intensive routine.
Exercise and body motion can also improve your mental state, providing stress release during these difficult times.
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