5 Strategies To Revitalize Your Immune System With Exercise
Regular exercise is one of the best ways to strengthen your immune system and help keep you healthy.
It is one of the most effective and science backed ways to keep your immune system strong and ward off illness, which is especially important now as we head into cold and flu (and now covid) season.
A 2019 review in the Journal of Sport and Health Science found that moderate exercise can boost your immune system’s defense activity and metabolic health and that it “mobilizes pathogen- and inflammation-fighting immune cells throughout the body and helps slow the effects of aging on immune strength.”
“Physical activity can also flush bacteria out of lungs and airways and cause changes in antibodies or white blood cells to help fight infections,” explains Dr. Purvi Parikh, a New York City-based allergist-immunologist affiliated with NYU Lagone Health.”
Here are 5 ‘need to follow” science supported strategies from experts, to strengthen your immune system through exercise.
1. Focus on consistency
Regular exercise is most important when it comes to immune system health. Consistency is key.
2. Determine the right type of intensity for you
Based on your brain and nervous system patterns, lower intensity exercise may be best for you while high intensity may be right for someone else. Make sure to consult with your chiropractor to determine the best intensity levels for you.
3. Recovery is important
Based on your brain and nervous system patterns, the length of recovery after each workout is important. Consult with your chiropractor to determine the best length of recovery for you.
4. Do both cardio and strength training
Strength training has been shown to affect the body’s immunity on a cellular level. Both types of exercise should be incorporated into your weekly routine.
5. Get outside
“Being outside increases the body’s levels of immune-system-supporting vitamin D. Plus, taking your exercise outdoors may strengthen the immune system by activating the body’s parasympathetic “rest and digest” system, according to 2015 research published in Frontiers in Psychology.
Moving your body properly can not only strengthen your immune system but it is also very important for the health of your brain and nervous system. Combining your chiropractic adjustments with the right type of exercise (specific for you based on your brain and nervous system patterns) can lead to amazing results. Please feel free to speak to us about how we can combine chiropractic adjustments and exercise for your best health possible.