Ready to bolster your natural defenses? It’s time to put one foot in front of the other.

You already know that a consistent exercise regimen can do wonders for your physical health, wellness, and wellbeing. While most people are aware that exercising promotes a better mood, many may be surprised to learn that working out also boosts the immune system. Considered the human body’s natural defense system against bacteria, viruses, and toxins, a robust and properly functioning immune system is something we all need—especially as COVID-19 continues to spread.

Though the full scope of how and why exercise benefits the immune system so isn’t entirely clear, the National Institutes of Health explains that when we exercise, it causes both antibodies and white blood cells to circulate throughout the body at a faster pace. This likely makes it easier for the immune system to detect and respond to potential health threats. Furthermore, exercise impedes the release of stress hormones, which are known to weaken overall immunity.

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