Exercising Support Your Physical Health and Immune System
Exercising not only supports your physical and mental health, but exercising can also support your immune system. I knew exercise was good for maintaining and losing weight and lowering disease risks such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. Not getting enough exercise can lead to high blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart disease. I have known the importance of regular exercising since I was a teenager. As part of my daily regimen, my walking and weight training are as vital as sleeping and eating. If I don’t exercise for two days, my body can feel it quickly. I become irritable, snappy, and I don’t sleep well.
Exercising 30 minutes every day can help you to
- manage your stress and anxiety
- boost your circulation
- strengthen your muscles
- increase endorphin production
- increase respiratory function
- remove body toxins
- support your lymph system
- increase antibodies and white blood cells to fight off viruses
- boost your immune system
In addition to increasing muscle strength, your memory and mood will most likely improve. As your respiratory function improves, more oxygen and nutrients are delivered to your tissues while supporting your 11 body systems (skin, digestive, respiratory, reproductive, urinary, lymphatic, circulatory, nervous, muscular, skeletal, and endocrine.)
How does regular exercising build your immune system?
According to the National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health During and after physical exercise, your body releases pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines, your immune cells lymphocyte circulation increases.
Human Immune System
The human immune system is a highly complicated network of cells and molecules designed to defend against disease-causing micro-organisms. Your immune system goal is to keep you healthy. The immune system is an interconnected network of many different organs, cells, and proteins that protect the body from illnesses. A healthy immune system can defeat invading pathogens while protecting healthy tissues.
Impact of Exercise
Exercise is known to have a profound impact on the normal functioning of the immune system. Exercising moderate-to-vigorously regularly (5 -30 minutes a week) has been shown to lower chronic low-grade inflammation and improve various immune markers, such as cancer, HIV, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cognitive impairment, and obesity. When we do not take care of ourselves with a proper diet, get enough rest, and exercise, these inactivities can weaken our white immune cells. Weak immune cells cannot properly kill off invasive virtues and harmful pathogens the way they should.
Six types of white blood immune cells
- Granulocytes comprise neutrophils, eosinophils, and basophils cells. They digest bacteria and fungi.
- Monocytes cells help to break down bacteria.
- Lymphocytes comprise T cells and B cells. They create antibodies to fight against bacteria.
There are many exercise programs that teach easy exercises you can do from home and even from your chair; something as easy as taking several short walks will help support your health and your immune system.
Keep moving and keep laughing.
About the Writer, Healer, Film Maker and Educator
Helen Chin Lui is a Certified Reflexologist, Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner, Reiki Master and teacher. She is the owner of the Healing Place LLC and Healing Place Energy School LLC
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