In the past, there have been many studies looking at the impact exercise has on immunity and the consensus seems to be that regular, moderate intensity exercise is beneficial.
Currently, one of the few things we have control over is keeping active. As triathletes, we may be frustrated at the prospect of very few, if any, races being held this year, but should feel positive that maintaining fitness will help us keep fit & healthy throughout the pandemic.
It is important to note how much exercise an individual should do in order to keep their immune system healthy will vary and be relative to the levels of activity they have been used to doing.
A recent study by Dr James Turner and Dr John Campbell from the University of Bath’s Department for Health, considered the affect exercise has on immune function, and they suggest…
“People should not fear that their immune system will be suppressed by exercise placing them at increased risk of Coronavirus. Provided exercise is carried out according to latest government guidance on social distancing, regular exercise will have a tremendously positive affect on our health and well being, both today and for the future.
Regular moderate intensity aerobic exercise, such as walking, running or cycling is recommended, with the aim of achieving 150 minutes per week. Longer, more vigorous exercise would not be harmful, but if capacity to exercise is restricted due to a health condition or disability, the message is to ‘move more’ and that ‘something is better than nothing’. Resistance exercise has clear benefits for maintaining muscles, which also helps movement.”
Our nutrition partner at TORQ has been exploring this further and have published an interesting article which you can read here.