Can Running and Other Exercise Boost Immunity?

As runners are currently doing their best to self-isolate during the current coronavirus pandemic, many are still relishing their daily runs, as it may be the only time they get outside all day. But you may be wondering if you’re putting yourself at risk of getting sick since the last thing you want to do is end up at the doctor’s office or hospital right now.

Fortunately, science is on our side. Experts tend to agree that, along with things like eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep, regular exercise can boost immunity, as well as your mood. A 2014 study showed that endurance athletes with high training volume tend to have very few reported sick days. Another new study reported aerobic endurance exercise (such as running) improves the immune response better than resistance exercise, such as strength training.

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April 22, 2020