One of many factors that affect our immune system's health is exercise. Research shows that regular exercise boosts your immune system and helps you not only fight cold and flu, but also decreases your risk at developing osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. These benefits may be possible, because:
- Exercise can help by flashing out illness causing bacteria and cancer causing cells from our system through natural waste, such as sweat.
- Raised body temperature helps prevent bacterial growth.
- Exercise helps to slow down the release of stress hormones.
- Exercise may help our system to detect illnesses sooner and fight the disease faster.
Besides these, exercise makes you feel good about yourself, energized and happy.
Note, that too much exercise can have an opposite effect, it can lower your body's defenses and increase your stress level. If you are just starting am exercise routine, take it easy and slow and listen to your body. It will need some time to adjust. You may want to start with 10 minutes exercise and see how you feel. Ideally you should have a moderate exercise routine 3-4 times a week. It can include going to the gym, 20-30 minute walks, biking, golfing and so on. And if you can make it a family activity - even better!