The coronavirus crisis is not only changing the way we live, but it is also changing the way that we see things. For many people, that means we are being more cautious than usual about our health by looking for ways that we can protect ourselves. Staying home, washing your hands, and disinfecting surfaces are some of the things you can do. But is there any way you can boost your immunity to protect yourself? A new study tells us that exercise can help you do that.
How does exercise boost your immune system?
We’ve known for a long time that exercise can help us stay healthy. After all, it is recommended to ward off or manage such things as heart disease, diabetes, or stroke risk. But can it help you ward off things like bacterial or virus infections? Researchers from the UK recently looked into the effects that exercise has on your immunity system, and it turns out that exercise can help you protect yourself against communicable diseases, including viruses like the coronavirus.
When you exercise, the immune cells in your blood change. Your immune system is stimulated and goes into a surveillance mode taking inventory and checking if it needs to kick in. Physical activity puts enough stress on your body that the immune system goes into action. It produces more of the cells that fight infection and protects you in that way. That’s why experts recommend regular exercise.
Increase your activity at home
We know that it’s harder to stay active due to social distancing rules and stay-at-home orders, but it’s still possible.
If you can still get outside or have a treadmill, set yourself a daily walking goal and get moving! If you’re stuck indoors without equipment, here are some programs that you can try for free at home, or you can try getting up every hour and walking a bit inside. The important thing is that you keep active, boost your immunity, and protect yourself against the coronavirus!
The lead author of the original article is John P. Cambell from the Department for Health, University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom.