Regular Exercise is good for your Immune System

Who doesn’t want to give their immune system a boost, especially now?

It’s easier than you think.

All you have to do is exercise regularly!

Yep, moderate to vigorous activity initiates a natural and beneficial immune response.

You’re body responds to stress…some stress is good. You’ve heard that weight bearing exercise is good for your bones and that’s because the muscles/tendons pulls on the bone and stimulates osteoblast cells (those are the cells that “create” bone) and moderate to vigorous exercise is a positive stress that stimulates the immune system just enough to be “on alert.”

“…certain types of white blood cells like neutrophils and lymphocytes (particularly T-cells and natural killer cells) from different parts of your body to flood your bloodstream.

“These very specialized, powerful immune cells are like the Army Rangers of the military,” says exercise immunology researcher David Nieman, Dr.Ph., a professor of biology at Appalachian State University and director of the Human Performance Lab at the North Carolina Research Campus. “They come out and circulate during exercise at a higher rate than normal. Any pathogens are more easily detected and destroyed during this process.”

What’s really cool is that after a little while, the specialized immune cells start to decrease in the bloodstream and head out to other parts of your body where you might have an infection, like the lungs, intestines, skin, or mucosal surfaces. [James Turner, Ph.D., an exercise physiology and immuno-biology researcher at the University of Bath]

Being in isolation without access to gyms and sports clubs should not mean people stop exercising, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Bath. Keeping up regular, daily exercise at a time when much of the world is going into isolation will play an important role in helping to maintain a healthy immune system.

AND,

1. Obesity is a risk factor for severe corona virus

2. Exercise increases an antioxidant enzyme that is part of the body’s known defense system (that gobbles up free radicals). This antioxidant protects against many diseases such as myocardial infarction, chronic heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, multiple organ failure and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS.)

ARDS is a top cause of death among corona virus patients.

So, there you have…exercise is good for you;)

Sources:

https://www.self.com/story/exercise-and-immune-system

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200331162314.htm

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7109453/