We need to be keeping ourselves fit and healthy during this extended lock down, and mostly we are doing the very things make us unfit and unhealthy, like eating and drinking too much and not getting enough exercise. It’s tough when the gyms are closed and we’re only allowed out for an hour a day. A growing number of people have taken up running and cycling in addition to workouts on line.
It’s important to get regular exercise to keep our mood uplifted, and it could also help give our health a boost in the fight against the virus. As with all things though, don’t overdo it, try to find a good balance between exercise time and down time. The last thing you want is to get an injury and hamper your immune system.
The majority of people will find regular exercise will improve immune system function.
Prolonged bouts of vigorous activity could lead to immune system suppression as your internal healing system will be focusing on helping you recover from your exercise and will be too busy to fight off any external invaders.
Recent research shows that we shouldn’t really be going beyond one hour of exercise at a time, and gradually build up your routine. Rest days are important too.
For those of us who aren’t shielding, running, walking and cycling are all excellent outdoor activities and add to your intake of vitamin D which is also vital for our overall health and mental well being. Stay healthy and stay safe.