Your Immune System on Exercise

There is significant scientific evidence that suggests exercise done right increases immunity.  (Emphasis on “done right” meaning not too intense, yet not too mild. For me, 30-45minutes where my breathing gets slightly challenged and I break a sweat, is ideal.)

I have no doubt that exercise has helped strengthen my own immune system, and the immune systems of my family members and clients. Also, ask any doctor, this is common knowledge in the medical world and believed to be true. I though mentioning the subtle mechanics behind this notion of “exercise for immunity” would empower you and motivate you to keep moving.

Here four significant findings: 

  • It is believed that physical activity may help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways. This may reduce your chance of getting a cold, flu, or other illness.
  • It is believed that exercise helps white blood cells circulate more rapidly, so they could detect illnesses earlier than they might have before. (White blood cells are the body’s immune system cells that fight disease.)
  • It is believed that the brief rise in body temperature during and right after exercise may prevent bacteria from growing. This temperature rise may help the body fight infection better – similar to what happens when you have a fever.
  • It is believed that exercise slows down the release of stress hormones. Some stress increases the chance of illness. Lower stress hormones may protect against illness. 

Now is a great time to exercise. It is one of the greatest acts of self-care, and even if only one of the aforementioned things are true, it’s worth the effort to move your body. Let’s go!