Do you know that euphoria feeling you get when you finish a workout? That feeling comes from the flood of endorphins that were released during your workout. Those endorphins help you feel less pain and can produce feelings of happiness. But beyond that, those endorphins work to reduce stress, improve sleep quality, and promote circulation, helping your body — and your immune system — function at their best.
In our previous blog post, How to Keep Your Immune System Strong, one of the ways we suggested for you to improve your health was to increase the amount of exercise you’re getting every week. That’s because exercise can actually support your immune system — something that’s even more important during the winter and COVID-19 pandemic.
At Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa in Peoria, our functional medicine offerings are just one step in fulfilling our mantra of Live Life Well. Instead of just treating the symptoms as you experience them, our team wants to pinpoint the underlying source of those health problems, like a weak immune system, to help improve your overall well being. Learn more about exercise and your immune system and request a functional medicine appointment at Senara!
How Exercise Helps Your Immune System
If you haven’t guessed it already, exercise benefits your body and immune system in many positive ways! During physical activity, your heart rate increases, circulating blood throughout your body, flushing out bacteria and toxins, and lowering your blood pressure.
While you’re exercising, also draw attention to your breath. Good breathing practice throughout your exercise will help your body receive the oxygen it needs to supply to your muscles.
Exercises to Try at Home
Not sure where to start? Try some of these simple exercises that will leave you feeling accomplished and support your immune system.
It’s time to put those weights sitting in your basement or garage to good use. With weights, you can target muscles that you don’t normally use, increasing your body’s blood flow and relieving stress.
If you’re hesitant to start weight lifting because of an injury or weakness, you can always talk with your chiropractor about types of strength exercises that are good for your muscles and joints.
Believe it or not, walking for 30 minutes each day will get your heart rate up, leaving you with health benefits that will keep your immune system functioning properly.
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
If you’re looking for a more intense workout or a fast workout that fits easily into your hectic schedule, HIIT will get your heart pumping. This type of training involves short periods of high-intensity exercises mixed with periods of rest.
Try HIIT just a few times a week to give your body a powerful workout that will leave you and your immune system feeling strengthened.
Request a Functional Medicine Appointment
Make your immune system a priority and start incorporating routine exercise into your weekly schedule. And if you’re looking for more ways to boost your immune system, a good place to start is the world of functional medicine. At Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa, we offer food sensitivity testing, hormone testing, and hormone replacement therapy to help rebalance and support your body. Learn more about our functional medicine offerings at request an appointment today.
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