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Break a Sweat and Boost Your Immunity

Apr. 2, 2013|525 views


By now we’ve all heard about the benefits of regular exercise. I know, I know. It can be tiresome to hear, yet again, about the importance of exercise. After all, it’s not exactly headline news that exercise is good for you. It can help you lose weight, make you look better, and even give you more energy. Best of all, it’s certain to make you feel better.


But of course, getting regular exercise isn’t as easy as, say, flipping on the TV. It takes time, effort and commitment. As a working mother, I can assure you I know how challenging it can be to fit exercise into a busy schedule. Sometimes you need a bit of extra motivation.


Maybe this will help. Here’s another exercise benefit you may not have been aware of: It can boost your immune system function by 15% to 20%. Think about that. A 20% increase in the effectiveness of your immune system could mean the difference between getting a cold or staying healthy, or between coming down with the flu, or sailing though another flu season trouble free. It might even make the difference between developing cancer and staying cancer-free.


That’s the consensus reached by a panel of experts at the International Society of Exercise and Immunology. In a recent position statement, they noted that it’s too soon to say that exercise can protect against specific diseases. But they also noted that many modern afflictions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, are inflammatory conditions. And exercise is anti-inflammatory. Think about that the next time you consider skipping your exercise routine. 


Walsh NP, Gleeson M, Shephard RJ, Gleeson M, Woods JA, Bishop NC, et al. Position statement. Part one: Immune function and exercise. Exerc Immunol Rev. 2011;17:6-63.


Walsh NP, Gleeson M, Pyne DB, Nieman DC, Dhabhar FS, Shephard RJ, et al. Position statement. Part two: Maintaining immune health. Exerc Immunol Rev. 2011;17:64-103.

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