Exercise for a healthy immune system

Exercise for a healthy immune system

Do you ever feel like you are constantly trying to get over a cold?

Aging, smoking, mental stress, poor nutrition, and lack of sleep have all been shown to impair the immune system. Although this is an area of growing research, exercise can be a great way to keep your immune system strong.

Introduce moderate physical activity to benefit immunity

Recent research has found that exerting the optimal amount of stress on the immune system through moderate exercise helps keep it strong and healthy while minimizing the frequency of cold symptoms.

Moderate physical activity for 30 minutes a day on most, if not all days of the week, is a great place to start. Moderate physical activity might include going for a walk or riding your bike. Keep in mind that both of these activities should be completed at a conversation pace (ensuring you can still carry on a conversation while exercising to avoid overexerting yourself).

When to take a break from your exercise routine

Generally, if your symptoms are from the neck up, moderate exercise is acceptable. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends resting from an exercise program if your symptoms include fever, extreme tiredness, muscle aches, and swollen lymph glands. As you restart your fitness routine, gradually progress from lighter intensity, duration, or frequency to more vigorous intensity until you reach your normal training level once again.

If you’re questioning whether or not you are healthy enough to exercise, please consult with your Copeman Physician. If you would like more information on starting an exercise program to help boost your immune system, please contact your Copeman Kinesiologist.