As seasons and weather change, our immune system becomes more vulnerable and less resistant to various infections. Fortunately, finding ways to bolster your immune system is not exactly rocket science. Among many other benefits of physical exercise is that it is a great immunity booster. Something as simple as regular exercise can keep all those pesky viruses, germs and bacteria at bay.
Research cited by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a leading organization in sports medicine and exercise science, shows that regular exercise can help boost the immune system by either stopping viruses in their tracks before they attack us, or by reducing the duration of cold symptoms by half.
These findings are borne out by various studies demonstrating that regular exercise produces macrophages, the cells that defend the body against bacteria. During a moderate workout, these cells circulate through the body, killing viruses and bacteria. And although the immune system returns to its pre-exercise levels very quickly, each workout session appears to reduce the risk of infection over the long term.
That might explain why, as studies indicate, those who work out regularly report fewer colds than non-exercisers. Certainly, exercise is not a cure-all for whatever ails you, and even the most ardent fitness aficionados will get sick once in a while. However, there is all this compelling evidence suggesting that exercise might lower your risk of contracting common infections.
Now that you know just how beneficial regular workouts can be for your immune system, what kind of fitness regimen should you choose? Luckily, exercises that are most effective in strengthening the immune system are also those that are great for your heart, weight control, and your health in general, so it’s a win-win situation. Boot camps are terrific because they focus on the entire body, as well as on core and cardiovascular fitness, balance, strength and agility.
And since boot camp workouts are fun and varied, there is less risk of getting bored than with a regimen that is either monotonous or depends heavily on gym equipment. If boosting your immune system – and health in general – is your goal, then you certainly shouldn’t choose a fitness routine that will get you into a rut and will make you want to give up. The point is to make exercising so enjoyable that you’ll want to continue. And boot camps do just that.
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