we all struggle to establish a new normal under social distancing directives,
many people are intensifying their fitness regimens, intent on using this down
time to become the fittest versions of themselves. Although an admirable
alternative to Netflix binges, the trouble with this approach is the intensity.
research shows that moderate exercise does wonders for health and wellness,
both from a physical and mental standpoint, too-rigorous fitness routines can
actually compromise your immune system. As we all fight to stay healthy and
strong during this pandemic, compromising your immune system is the last thing
you want to do.
what is the recommended course of action when it comes to staying (or getting)
in shape during the Covid-19 global pandemic?
Moderation is Key
reported by the Washington Post, Arduous exercise can lower immunity, so don’t overdo it
during the pandemic, intense workouts can negatively impact your
study conducted in 1987 by David Nieman, director of the human performance
laboratory at Appalachian State University helped him “identify thresholds of
exercise where your immunity begins to decrease.”
Nieman found was that immune systems remain strong for up to 90 minutes of
exercise; past that benchmark, they begin to weaken.
Stulberg, a California-based performance coach explains that, “Regular exercise
boosts immunity, very hard efforts temporarily lower immunity, and chronic
overtraining lowers immunity in more enduring ways.”
light of the Covid-19 pandemic, you want to target your efforts to regular, but
moderate exercise so that you don’t risk taxing your immune system, no matter
how much time you suddenly have on your hands to train harder and longer.
Resist the impulse to overdo it in order to protect yourself and stay at your
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