It probably isn’t a cure all, but most experts agree that exercise and a good fitness regimen is a major benefit, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Here are some of the reasons why exercise can help you mentally and physically. –By Brian Hurlburt, Magnifying Excellence Podcast Host.
In a recent article at Health.com, writer Mallory Creveling, ACE-CPT, wrote,” In addition to improving your mental health, a 2019 scientific review in the Journal of Sport and Health Science found that exercise can improve your immune response, lower illness risk, and reduce inflammation.”
In perusing the actual study information–titled “The compelling link between physical activity and the body’s defense system”–the Journal determined many different benefits.
The study highlights were:
- Acute exercise is an immune system adjuvant that improves defense activity and metabolic health.
- Data support a clear inverse relationship between moderate exercise training and illness risk.
- Exercise training has an anti-inflammatory influence mediated through multiple pathways.
- Illness risk is increased in athletes during periods of intensified training and competition.
- Increased carbohydrate and polyphenol intake is an effective nutritional strategy for immune support.
- Habitual exercise improves immune regulation, delaying the onset of age-related dysfunction.
- Advances in mass spectrometry technology will provide new insights on exercise–immune responses.
Now more than ever as Covid-19 continues to be a major issue, taking time out of your busy schedule to get regular exercise is of vital importance.
A few hints at getting regular exercise are to just get moving, schedule your workouts on a calendar so you mentally understand how it important that time is and seek out expert advice should you want a specific routine.