With the concerns around COVID-19, let's talk about how exercise can help your immune system.
Here’s an overview:
Moderate exercise is good for your immunity. Choose a familiar activity, stick to your usual length of time, and keep your heart rate between 65-85% of maximum.
Too much exercise can suppress immunity. For the time being, avoid marathon training, taking more than one online HIIT class per day, and other strenuous activities.
Don’t increase the intensity and duration of your workouts at the same time.
If you don't feel energetic on a particular day, you can still move. Simply reduce the intensity of your workout.
Regardless of your exercise habits, your risk of illness can go up with sleep deprivation, low energy availability, and high levels of mental stress and anxiety.
Please note: while exercise can help your immune system, it will not protect you against COVID-19. Follow the advice of professionals and practice social distancing and proper hygiene.
Want to learn more? Take a look at 9 Ways to Boost Your Body's Natural Defenses from Healthline.