In light of our current situation due to COVID-19 it is important to think about the little things we can do for ourselves to keep us as healthy as possible. Due to social distancing restrictions; gyms, outdoor group exercise sessions and now even small group sessions have all been postponed until further notice. This does not mean your exercising has to stop completely. There are some great alternatives to these that can be completed in the comfort of your own home while protecting yourself and the wider community.
Exercise is also a great strategy to assist in boosting your immune system. There are several theories as to how this occurs:
- Physical activity may help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways. This can assist in reducing your chance of getting a cold, flu, or other illness. It also increases your cardiorespiratory function.
- Exercise causes a change in antibodies and white blood cells (WBC). WBCs are the body’s immune system cells that fight disease. These antibodies or WBCs circulate more rapidly, so they could detect illnesses earlier than they might have before.
- Exercise slows down the release of stress hormones. Some stress increases the chance of illness. Lower stress hormones may protect against illness.
Exercise can also assist in the management of any current issues you may be suffering from such as chronic inflammation, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis or osteoporosis. Keeping physically active in times like these it is a key component in keeping our bodies as fit and healthy as possible. It also helps make us happier humans in times like these.
If you are struggling for ideas on how to keep active at home with minimal equipment head over to the Absolute Balance Facebook page, there are plenty of short videos with at-home exercises you can complete with minimal equipment. Or check out our Staying Mentally and Physically Strong blog for all your exercise recommendations for your age range. If you’re still not sure contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Stay safe and keep updated with the most recent restrictions using:
Claire Hills ( B.EXSpSc,Grad.Dip.(Clin.Ex.Phys))
Senior Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) (ESSAM)
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