If you return in time just 10 years ago, many of us believed that exercise actually weakens your system . Turns out, nothing might be farther from the reality .
Whether you lift weights, run, cycle, or walk — any sort of exercise, especially when combined with more sleep and fewer stress — may be a key a part of keeping your system functioning well.
Exercise works in some ways to form sure your immune defensive systems can act quickly and effectively, and it can even help offset stress or sleep difficulties. (This all assumes that you’re allowing proper recovery.)
Recent research found that regular exercise:
Helps the general health of your system
Decreases your risk of illness
Helps mediate the right inflammatory and anti inflammatory responses
Delays the onset of age-related immune decline
Even better, a review of studies found that movement truly is medicine. From the study conclusion:
Contemporary evidence from epidemiological studies shows that leading a physically active lifestyle reduces the incidence of communicable (e.g., bacterial and viral infections) and non-communicable diseases (e.g., cancer), implying that immune competency is enhanced by regular exercise bouts.
When you exercise, your body recognizes stress. albeit it’s good stress, it’s still a strain on your body, so you produce neutrophils and lymphocytes (the T-cell and natural killer cells we mentioned earlier), which flow throughout your body to stay you strong, repel invaders, and help create antibodies when necessary.
In other words, exercise helps spark more activity in these cells for about 3-4 hours, which suggests your body is both more likely to seek out and disable potentially harmful germs and diseases.
As another bonus, the cells perform “immune surveillance” and patrol your body checking out infection.
It’s likely the rationale why people that exercise regularly (at least 5 times per week) miss nearly 50% fewer days from sickness than those that don’t.
What’s more, exercise has been shown to assist decrease stress and improve sleep. In other words, exercise could be the primary domino to keeping you healthy because it’s insurance for the opposite two vulnerabilities (stress and sleep) that weaken your normal system function.