October 2020

4 Ways Exercise Can Help Boost Immunity

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4 Ways Exercise Can Help Boost Immunity

It’s safe to say that most of us are doing everything we can to stay healthy right now. But did you know that your regular workout routine is actually one of the best things you can do to boost your immunity? Yup, exercise helps to decrease your risk for developing viruses, illnesses & diseases, too. In fact, a regular exercise routine remains one of the most effective and, by the way, science-backed ways to improve your immune function. The Department of Health and Human Services suggests a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week. So, like, one and a half Dance Mixx classes. 

Check out 4 ways exercise can help strengthen your immunity:

1. Reduces Inflammation 
Inflammation in the body is a common sign of aging, and is also linked to diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis. But, just 20 minutes of moderate exercise actually produces an anti-inflammatory cellular response in the body. Although there’s more to learn about exactly how and why this works, physical activity seems to show positive effects. 

2. Improves Cardiovascular & Lymphatic Circulation
When it comes to cleansing your body of toxins, it’s all about the circulatory system. Healthy blood circulation steps up your immune system to fight off and avoid potential diseases and sicknesses. Regular cardio supports the health of the circulatory system and improves cardiovascular and lymphatic circulation. See how that works?

3. Improves Mental Health
It’s no secret that a good workout is a great stress reliever. Maybe more importantly, did you know that being stressed out can actively suppress our immune system? Experiencing chronic stress can actually increase your chances of becoming sick or developing diseases. No, thanks. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, a powerful chemical that energizes your spirits and helps to alleviate stress. 

4. Helps You Sleep Better
Researchers say that getting a good night’s sleep is an important part of a strong immune system. Studies show that people who don't get enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, and they don’t recover from sickness as quickly. Exerting energy during a workout often leads to more restful sleep. Workout + restful sleep = stronger immune system.

Whether you exercise on the daily or reeeeally need to get started, tell us your workout plans in the comments below!

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