By Bryanna Fissori
Despite the fact that there is widespread hysteria making the rounds across the globe, there are a lot of great reasons to keep your training regimen consistent. This is true whether you are training to compete, get in shape, or just to become harder to kill. With the flu season and novel coronavirus (COVID19) wreaking havoc on a lot of gym schedules it is important to boost your immune system in order to keep moving forward. Here are some tips on the best ways to stay healthy.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends at least seven hours of sleep to maintain health and be able to perform optimally. Sleep boosts the immune system by replenishing the proteins and cells crucial to combat illnesses. Don’t compromise your immune system just because you want to stay up watching the whole season of that one show on Netflix. Here are some ways to promote sleep, naturally.
Even though many gyms are closing temporarily to prevent the spread of diseases, there is still plenty you can do. Take it upon yourself to implement your own training schedule and make it happen. Just because you may not be interacting with other athletes does not mean you should get lazy. Working out can help reduce cortisol, promote sleep and keep that immune system on point.
Stress can have a big effect on the immune system and every other system in the body. The more you panic about the potential threat of illness, the more likely you are to “worry yourself sick.” Stressing and worrying increasing cortosol levels and high cortisol levels negatively impact the immune system.
Even with so much in question with COVID19, it is important to take care of yourself. It’s not selfish. Taking care of yourself means that you may not need a doctor or someone else to take care of you. And that is good for everyone. Oh, and wash your hands!
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