The global pandemic has caused widespread panic throughout the world. Moreover, it has brought the importance of the immune system to the centre of public attention.
The immune system is the body’s natural defence mechanism that fights off illness, diseases, viruses and bacteria. However, for it to function effectively, your body has to be equipped to produce the necessary nutrients and pathogens to create antibodies.
Researchers have found that people who perform moderate exercise routines regularly are less likely to experience severe symptoms of Covid-19. Brisk walking and hiking have been earmarked as a good option for entry-level exercisers.
Lowers Stress Levels
When we are stressed the brain sends signals to the endocrine system and shuts down the immune system. Chronic stress – which is a global pandemic few people are talking about – decrease lymphocytes which are needed to fight off infections.
The Mental Health Foundation reported that 74% of the respondents in a 2018 study said felt so overwhelmed by stress that they were unable to cope with certain situations.
This is a sign of chronic stress and is harming your health. Brisk walking helps to reduce stress levels by releasing a cocktail of stress-relieving hormones that alleviate feelings of mild depression and melancholy.
What’s more, walking get you out into nature. Researchers have found that the great outdoors has natural healing qualities. One study found that walking in green spaces helps to lower anxiety and reduce stress.
Brisk Walking Burns Fat
Medical studies suggest that people with obesity have an increased risk of developing chronic illnesses such as cancer.
Researchers found that people who are overweight produce less cytokine, and had altered monocyte and lymphocyte function – all of which are required in order for the immune system to function effectively.
Brisk walking helps to burn fat and stimulate the body’s natural defences to function more effectively. It must also be understood that exercise for weight loss must also be coupled with healthy eating habits.
Providing your body with the right nutrients and vitamins will enable your body to produce the pathogens the immune system needs to function effectively.
Nurtures Positive Mental Health
People that do not exercise regularly are more at risk of developing mental health issues which, in turn, invite illness and disease.
Brisk walking triggers endorphins – chemical messengers which boost your mood and promote positive healthy thoughts and habits. People with a good state of mental health are ill less often.
Negative thinking, on the other hand, release stress hormones which impair the smooth functioning of the immune system.
Fostering healthy habits such as brisk walking and a nutritious diet, help to improve the immune system and reduce the risk of chronic illness. You will also have fewer bouts of cold and flu, and be able to fight off Covid-19 quicker.