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It's winter time in Metro Detroit and exposure to the frigid temperatures brings exposure to cold and flu germs. The season began with concerns of the H1N1 virus also known as the swine flu. With no states currently reporting widespread swine flu activity, our concerns now shift to protecting ourselves from all cold and flu viruses.
We know that getting enough rest, drinking plenty of water, and eating a balanced diet can help you stay healthy. But did you know that consistent, moderate exercise can actually boost your immune system? Studies show that regular exercise can lead to a substantial, long-term boost to your immunity and your body's ability to fight off illness.
According to clevelandclinic.org, regular exercise comparable to brisk walking, can protect your immunity and even enhance your immune response. Exercise can boost your immune system's defenses and the antibody and killer T cell response levels. In other words, working out can help you fight off those cold and flu germs you come into contact with on a daily basis.
Although this may be good news to the fitness buffs and athletes, there is also cause for caution. Psychology Today reports to too much exercise can actually have the opposite effect. Strenuous exercise for over an hour can actually suppress the immune system and decrease your body's ability to fight off germs and illnesses. This suppression can last for days at a time and is intensified when there is not sufficient rest after tough long workouts.
Using exercise as an immune booster comes down to balance. Frequent and moderate exercise can enhance your immunity, help you keep a healthy weight, and improve your overall health and wellness. On the other hand, sedentary living (no exercise) or overexerting yourself (too much exercise) is bad for your health and weakens your immune system. A balanced diet and proper sleep habits work with your exercise regimen to keep you healthy and happy all year round.
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