By Let’s Move Quad City Editors
Is it possible to move your body and generate better overall health this spring? The American Heart Association says, Absolutely! Exercise not only helps your immune system fight off simple bacterial and viral infections like the common cold, it decreases your chances of developing heart disease, the leading cause of death in North America.
Exercising 3-5 days a week at the pace of a vigorous walk can help reduce the risk for contracting germs that cause a suppressed immune system. The following exercises will boost your immunity.
Swimming is a low impact exercise that is easy on the joints and an awesome reliever of stress. Check Two Rivers YMCA, Rock Island Fitness Center and the Scott County Family Y for classes and swim times.
Try a spin/cycling class
Spinning is not just for cyclists. Learn why ORA orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andrew Bries recommends cycling as part of an overall fitness plan! Make sure to ask your instructor to help get you set up on your bike. Proper fit can help prevent injuries and joint soreness.
Train to run a 5K
5K training programs are popular because you start small, with a gentle and gradual introduction to getting your body moving again, called interval-load training. QC health coach Aryn Lloyd has some great tips.
You can also try “trekking” on a treadmill: walk/jog 3 minutes, run for 30 seconds, walk/jog for 2 minutes, increase incline to 5% for 3 minutes, repeat circuit for 30 minutes.
On average, adults who do resistance training have stronger bones and muscles, and remain more flexible over time than adults who do only do low impact training. But proper lifting is key. It can help increase metabolism and fire up those immunity-boosting endorphins!
Use your body weight at home:
- 25 air squats
- 20 lunges
- 15 burpees
- 10 push ups
- 5 planks for 30 seconds
Repeat circuit 5 times for an awesome 20 minute workout!