Welcome to Week 3 of our Rock the Walk 2020 Challenge! We’re all about boosting your immunity during this year’s challenge. For this third week of our wellness challenge, we’re focusing on EXERCISE. Can you believe we’re already approaching the halfway mark? Sometimes I wonder how it is possible that time is moving so quickly…
Alright, let’s get into the nitty gritty of what we’re talking about this week in this blog—exercise, and how it relates to immune boosting. For those of you who have read my blogs before, know I am pretty…excitable…about exercise. There’s so many awesome things that happen to your body when you exercise, and I feel like I need to shout it from the top of a mountain…err… ‘scream’ it through this blog.
You’ve likely heard from your Primary Care Provider, your spouse, my blogs (is this my shot at becoming famous?!) or through social media that exercise is important—this is nothing new. You likely know the “big” ways that exercise helps—it helps with weight loss/weight maintenance, it helps your heart, it helps you clear your mind, it helps you burn off energy so your husband has a moment to get a word in (or is that just my house?)—LOTS of ways.
Now, especially with the COVID-19 Pandemic, it’s important to make sure you are making your health a priority, and doing everything you can to boost your immune system to prevent viruses and other illnesses and you’re in luck—exercise does just that. In an article from March 2020 from the University of Bath, various research studies are noted that cite exercise as “help[ing] the immune system [to] find and deal with pathogens, and in the long term, regular exercise slows down the changes that happen to the immune system with aging , therefore reducing the risk of infections”. Remember too, while the actual act of getting-out-and-moving exercise helps us directly, it also helps in so many other ways that can also help to boost your immunity—such as helping with stress/anxiety/depression, keeping weight in check, sleep hygiene, and overall positivity-win, win!
Now, because I know you’re all thinking “oh my gosh, this blog has already changed my life and I need to exercise right NOW,” I wanted to spend time giving some ideas and suggestions for exercise during the pandemic and while being safe and practicing physical distancing, and also to make a plan for the fall and winter months, as the weather begins to turn in Wisconsin. Here we go!
Fall is an AWESOME time in Wisconsin to spend time in nature, and it gives you a safer opportunity to exercise during the pandemic. Remember to physically distance and wear a mask if you will be having close contact with other people.
During this pandemic, we’ve all embraced the virtual world—whether it’s through Zoom chats with friends/family, or virtual schooling, I think it’s here to stay! Virtual workouts give you an opportunity to stay fit while exercising in your pjs at home!
Home is where the heart is…err…where we have spent A LOT of time over the last 6 months with Coronavirus. Check out these different suggestions to keep movin’ and groovin’ during the fall months:
Exercise has always had its place of importance with health, but more than ever…it should be moving to a priority in your life, and by signing up for this challenge, I believe you’re already thinking that way! Remember to focus less on perfection and more on the progress with everything going on, and to ultimately find that time for you.