Exercising for Better Immunity

Updated: Sep 28, 2020



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.

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