Does exercise help immunity

Are you struggling with another cough or cold? Do you feel tired all the time? You can feel better if you take a daily walk or follow a simple exercise routine a few times a week.

Exercise helps reduce your chances of developing heart disease. It also keeps your legs healthy and robust.

  • Exercise can help drive bacteria out of the airways, reducing the chance of catching a cold, flu, or other illness.
  • Training causes changes in antibodies and white blood cells (WBC). WBC is the body’s immune system cells that fight disease. These antibodies or WBCs circulate faster to detect illnesses earlier than they could have done before. However, no one knows if these changes help prevent infections.
  • The transient when exercising increase in body temperature during and immediately after exercise can prevent bacteria from growing. An increase in temperature can help the body fight infections better.
  • Stress increases the chance of illness, and exercise slows down the release of stress hormones. Lower stress hormones can protect against disease.
  • Although exercise is good for you, you should not overdo it. People who are already exercising should not exercise more just to boost immunity. Heavy, prolonged training (such as marathon running and intense exercise) can cause injury.

A moderate exercise program can consist of:

  • Cycle with your kids a few times a week
  • Walks daily 20 to 30-minute walks
  • Goes to the gym every other day
  • Plays golf regularly

Exercise can make you feel better. Take that aerobics class or go for a walk, and you will feel better and healthier.

There is no substantial evidence suggesting that taking immune supplements and exercise reduces the chance of illness or infections.

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