During COVID 19 Pandemic, apart from taking care of your health, following all the SOPs implemented by WHO and CDC, it is also important for people of all age brackets to be as physically active as possible. WHO has even launched a Be Active campaign, which helps one to be active and strong during the current situation.
With limited physical interaction, being active is more important than ever. As it not only reduces anxiety & stress but also improves mood, wellbeing, and boost your immune system.
Listed below are some of the benefits of exercising during Pandemic:-
Exercise Lowers Stress
According to recent research, physical activity like running, jogging, and exercising have a good positive effect on the immune system by mitigating the stress level. Psychological stress can lead to the common cold and other health hazards. Working out regularly not only tends to create great emotional resilience to acute, short term stress but also protects one from falling sick.
With the current situation, anxiety and stress are on the rise among masses, which can lower one’s immune system. When you exercise, the brain releases chemicals such as endorphins and serotine that reduce the risk of depression, help improve mood, and reduces health risks.
Help Boost Immune System
Several studies show that exercising enhances the circulation of natural killer (NK) cells, immunoglobins, T cells, and other immune cells that play a vital role in the body’s defense against illness, germs, and pathogens. During exercise, natural killer (NK) cells travel to sites of inflammation to seek out damaged cells and pathogens and even help the immune system to detect cancerous cells.
Recent research shows that skin wound healing is faster in people who work out regularly when compared to those people who do not indulge in any form of physical activity. Furthermore, exercise also has a profound effect on adaptive (memory) immunity which comprises of T and B lymphocytes cells.
Exercise is Good For Metabolic Health
Poor metabolic health is directly linked to poor immune system function; that is why people with chronic medical conditions like diabetes, Arthritis, Asthma, and Cystic Fibrosis are at higher risk of having complications from infections like Coronavirus and flu.
One can have good metabolic health by indulging in regular exercise & a higher level of physical activity.
Muscles, Bone, Flexibility, and Balance
Physical activity and exercise not only increases flexibility and balance but also improves muscle strength and bones. Therefore, in this current situation, everyone needs to exercise to build physical strength and strong health to prevent diseases and reduce health risks.
No doubt regular exercise is extremely beneficial for both body and mind. It helps manage & maintain weight, reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, reduce high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and various cancers that can make one more vulnerable to COVID-19.