‘To stay fit and healthy it’s recommended you get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week, or around 20 to 30 minutes a day!’
- 30 minutes of activity 5 days a week decreases the risk of falling ill and dying of infectious diseases by 37 per cent
- Physically active people are 50 per cent more likely to develop higher levels of antibodies than inactive people
- Regular physical activity also increases the number of CD4+ T Cells, which are responsible for alerting the immune system of an attack and regulate its response.
WHAT THE STUDY SHOWS
Glasgow Caledonian University study shows people that are physically active are 50% more likely to develop higher antibodies after receiving a vaccine, compared to those who are physically inactive.
According to Professor Sebastien Chastin “We already know that physical activity is one of most effective ways to prevent chronic diseases, along with following a healthy diet and not smoking. A previous study from 2008 already found that physical inactivity is responsible for more than five million premature deaths every year.
“Now, our systematic review of the evidence shows that regular physical activity strengthens the human immune system, reduces the risk of falling ill and dying from infectious disease by more than a third and significantly increases the effectiveness of vaccination campaigns.”
DID YOU KNOW?
Regular physical activity strengthens the human immune system, reduces the risk of falling ill and dying from infectious disease by more than a third and significantly increases the effectiveness of vaccination campaigns. This has important implications for pandemic responses.
HOW DO I BECOME MORE ACTIVE?
physical activity is good for your body and mind. We should aim to be active every day. Some is good – more is better.
- Walk and talk – Find a walking buddy or a furry friend. A daily brisk walk can boost your energy and activity levels.
- Take the stairs – ditch the lift and take the stairs.
- Tune into fitness – Try an array of exercise classes that can be done in your own home, Take a look at Active Nation On Demand
- Try an exercise class – whether it’s Yoga or Boxing, try a class you enjoy, not only it’s a great socialising opportunity but also gets you active.
- Hit the gym – most obvious solution, hit the gym in your spare time, when you exercise your body releases chemicals called endorphins (HAPPY HORMONES) which trigger a positive feeling in your body and mind.
There are so many ways you can increase your activity, whether it’s running, yoga or simply dancing around your living room, it all counts!