DAY 4 – EXERCISE IS GOOD
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Exercise is non-negotiable because it not only keeps your feel-good chemistry going, protect you from cardiovascular disease and many other irreversible health conditions, and reduce stress, it plays an important part in maintaining your immunity.
I know that if you’re not exercising, it will be for one of two reasons:
1. You think you’re too busy.
2. You think you’re too busy.
It can be tough as a busy adult. You are a mum or dad, maybe a significant other, a sibling, an employee, maybe a boss, a part-time taxi driver and counsellor, house chore master and meal-planning shopping whiz. It can feel overwhelming to also fit in some exercise, and thinking you’re too busy is a mindset. It’s one I subscribe to often, I understand the struggle. The reality is, you don’t need to do much at all to boost your immunity.
If you can find time to exercise, you will not only reduce your chances of getting the cold or flu, but also if you do manage to catch something, the length and severity may be reduced.
There are also some theories that exercise boosts your immune system by:
* slowing the release of stress hormone cortisol (remember from yesterday that cortisol lowers immunity)
* the brief rise in body temperature after exercising may help fight off infection, like the body does with a fever
* white blood cells, the body’s immunity soldiers, circulate more quickly when exercising due to increased heart rate
* physical activity may help flush bacteria out of the lungs
JUST 20 MINUTES WALKING MOST DAYS IS ENOUGH!!
You can do that. Set your alarm clock for 20 minutes earlier… or, go for a walk with your children after school. Remember, it’s a mindset.
Take a break from the workbook today – go out for a walk instead!