by: Jack Flowers – Professional Coach at MadLab Performance
With public health at the forefront of concerns nowadays, it’s more important than ever to understand how exercise keeps us all healthy. Even under quarantine restrictions, just a little movement can go a long way!
The benefits of exercise were taught in P.E. class to nauseam, but not often anywhere else. However, recent evidence shows that “regular physical activity and/or frequent structured exercise reduces the incidence of many chronic illnesses… including communicable diseases such as viral and bacterial infections.”
We’ve all heard something along those lines, but how can exercise actually lower the risk of contracting an illness?
Effectively, exercise moves fluid around in our bodies, which is responsible for flushing out any potentially unwanted guests. Our blood contains agents which “fight” against disease, specifically white blood cells. The more we circulate blood through our body, the more these agents are able to do their job in protecting our health.
If you’re looking to stack the odds in your favor when it comes to your health, start with a bit of movement! If you need any pointers, connect with the Lab for content, and always feel free to send in questions!