Monday, 14 June 2021

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Exercise and Your Immune System

If you exercise regularly, there's a good chance that you're helping to boost your immune system. In fact, recent studies have suggested that if you complete moderate exercise just a few times every week, you can drastically reduce the number of colds that you get every year. Outside of just keeping you in shape and helping you to become healthier over time, exercise can boost your immune system and help your body fight off harmful diseases and even something as simple as the common cold. Though doctors are continuing to do research on the link between exercise and the immune system, they have discovered some simple truths that impact how exercise can help.


How Exercise Boosts The Immune System

When you exercise regularly, there are a number of things that benefit your body. Your heart gets stronger and is able to pump more blood throughout your body when you exercise. Your lungs get better equipped at handling oxygen and dishing it out to the rest of your body. Your muscles also get stronger as you use them more often. Your immune system is no different. Doctors have found that exercise can boost your immune system by providing a boost to the cells in your body that are assigned to attack bacteria. These cells appear to work more slowly in people who don't exercise than in those that do. As a result, if you exercise, your immune system is better equipped to handle bacteria that could cause you to become sick. Though this boost only lasts for a few hours after you exercise, it's often enough to help keep you healthier than you would be if you didn't exercise.


Improving Your Immune System by Exercising

The truth is that you don't have to be a super athlete to boost your immune system through exercise. All you need to do is walk for a half hour every day or find time to hit the gym a few times every week. By speeding up the cells in your immune system that fight off bacteria, you can get healthier in no time. Studies have also shown that people who work out often take half as many sick days per year as those that don't work out. Try to incorporate more exercise into your day to help strengthen your immune system over time.


The Lymphatic System....The Key To Good Health

The lymphatic system is probably the most neglected system of the human body. It is a vital network of vessels and nodes responsible for regulating fluids, distributing proteins and filtering out poisons. The lymphatic system is not connected to the heart, so it has to depend on something else to create the necessary pumping action and maintain the flow. One of the most important methods of lymphatic circulation is exercise. This means the more you move, the livelier your Lymphatic system becomes. Exercise also makes us breathe more rapidly and deeply. Other than circulating more oxygen to the tissues, deep breathing also helps in the circulation of lymph fluid. Now, you see why the human body needs to move! The lymphatic system is a protector and a defense system against infection, viruses, bacteria, and disease. When the lymph is not overloaded, our health is maintained with nature's own detox design.

The importance of exercise is significant and VITAL for good health, longevity of life, and disease prevention! I discuss this with my clients consistently! I remind them that their hard work is adding years to their life! Get moving!!

Columnist: Kellye Davis Williams


Kellye Davis Stellman is a personal trainer, gym owner, and certified Life Coach who focuses on the health and well being of her clients as well as coaching them to make positive changes that will impact the rest of their lives.  She helps them achieve their health and fitness goals as well as encourages them to strive for and achieve their “life goals” with her message of hope. 

Kellye resides in East Atlanta with her husband Keith.  She has 4 daughters and 3 grandchildren.  She is an active member of The Tabernacle Church.  In her spare time she loves traveling, spending time with her husband and daughters, shopping, and simply enjoying coffee with friends. 



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