When winter hits, people tend to flip the switch from ‘fitness mode’ to ‘hibernation mode’.
But you don’t need to follow the trend.
Just adjust your exercise routine slightly, because too much intense exercise can reduce your immunity against colds and flu
Adjust your exercise routine to keep healthy this winter…
To be more specific, research shows that more than 90-minutes of high-intensity endurance exercise seems to cause a temporary decrease in immune system
function,” says PharmaChoice
spokesperson, pharmacist, Liezl van Tonder.
That’s why it’s recommended you only do 30 minutes a day of exercise to protect your heart from heart disease
and cut your risk of cancer
in half, says FSP Health
But don’t even need to set aside that much time with intense exercise.
Because it takes outdoor walking just three times a week to boost endurance and resting heart rate, says the BBC
An added benefit of walking or cycling in winter is that you’ll feel the effect faster, as the cold
air will soon have your cheeks flushed and your heart pumping.
But if you’re already ill, van Tonder advises against exercising as your immune system
is already taxed by fighting your infection, so additional stress
from exercise could undermine your recovery.
That’s why you need to protect yourself from getting sick this winter by taking preventative action to strengthen your immune system
– no flu vaccination required.
Four immune-boosting foods to give colds and flu the boot this winter!
All you need to do is stock up on immune-boosting foods like garlic, lentils, fish and mushrooms.
Following this winter exercise and eating plan will keep you healthy when the cold fronts really hit!