Exercise types and well-being.
Have you ever started a new gym program, and then suddenly get ill for no reason. Well its just a response from you immune system being suppressed due to the new stress added to your body.
The science: Bouts of exercise results in an acute response in a number of immune function components, followed by a dip below pre-exercise levels.
Chronic exercise which is moderate in intensity, results in enhanced immune function, where as exhaustive exercise, overtraining, or high intensity exercise may lead to immunosuppression.
I remember before I started using exercise as medicine (now training everyday, at a moderate intensity) I would always, without a doubt catch a cold and be man down for a couple days just as I start a new exercise routine. I would be demotivated and give up. Until I found the motivation to start again – A vicious ongoing cycle.
Now Im not saying high intensity training is bad, in fact it shows huge health benefits, increased weight-loss and not to mention how time efficient it is. Just don’t over train/ run yourself down.
But if you are a little demotivated from being ill and or suffer chronic disease this might be something you can use to change it all around.
Using exerise as medicine is cost effective, fun, a massive stress reliever and a natural anti-depressant!!
If you can relate to any of this or if you know you have a weak immune system, try taking it slow, taking it day by day, listening to your body, change your perception of why you want to exercise. Do it for health, do it to fend off disease, do it to move you body and shake up your energies.
Exercise isn’t always for the aesthetics, that’s just a bonus 😉