We all pick up a pesky cough, a runny nose or get the common cold from time to time. But how can we help ourselves become more immune through fitness?
Performing gentle exercise when feeling a few degrees under the weather can help to fight off that nasty bacteria, blasting out our lungs and airways with some cardio or resistance work to build up a sweat.
The health benefits of exercise
Exercise and working out can provide a range of health benefits to help boost your fitness and even contribute to a better immune system in the process. This will provide your body with more resistance against infections. Simple exercises such as a 20-30-minute walk, going to the gym or even a bike ride can reduce the number of colds you get in a year.
Pop down to your local Xercise4Less gym and get your heart pumping through physical activity, increasing your heart rate to try and flush out the bacteria from your lungs and airways. This, in turn, may reduce your chance of getting a cold, flu or other illness. Exercising causes change in antibodies and white blood cells. Your white blood cells are the body’s immune system cells which work tirelessly to fight disease. When exercising, these move more rapidly so they could detect illnesses far sooner than they might have before.
Slow and steady wins the race
Furthermore, exercise slows down the release of stress hormones, and therefore, lessening the impact of stress on your health. It is important to remember that while exercise is good for you, make sure you don’t overdo it when you are feeling below par. Heavy or intense exercise when showing symptoms of a cold or flu would not be advised, but a short, pulse raising workout could be extremely beneficial. Working out too hard can make you feel worse and slow down your recovery, so just be mindful with your level of exertion.
Train in our dedicated cardio or resistance zone to boost your fitness, with a range of fitness equipment to enhance your immune system.
Why Xercise4Less Gyms?
We are proud of our friendly staff and inclusive community in our gyms and welcome people from all backgrounds and experiences to join us. Whether you’ve never stepped foot into a gym before or are an experience gym goer, join the Xercise4Less community today and take those all-important first steps onto your health and fitness journey.
Our members find everything they need to reach their personal goals in regard to health and fitness from our friendly staff to dedicated Ladies Only gym zone, special Spin studio or group fitness classes including Les Mills workouts and also toning and conditioning.