Can Exercise Help My Immunity?

With all the changes that have come from COVID-19, we are all trying to find ways to stay healthy. Between stay-at-home orders and social distancing, many are finding it difficult to continue their typical exercise routine. Although this may require some creativity to find new ways to stay active and get moving, there are countless benefits to your health, including a stronger immune system.

Exercise boosts your immune system

Everyone is looking for a way to boost their immune system right now. In addition to your morning cup of orange juice, try 30 minutes of daily exercise. When you stay active, the body releases immune cells to help itself fight infections and viruses.

Exercise combats the negative impact of stress and more

Since stress is known to impact the immune system negatively, exercise is one way to combat its effects. In fact, exercise has been shown to decrease stress levels! Exercise has also been shown to improve respiratory and cardiac function, which is especially important during the Coronavirus pandemic. In addition, exercise can reduce the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure.

What exercises can I do to boost my immunity?

Any exercise that increases your heart rate is beneficial to challenge the cardiorespiratory system. Whether you enjoy brisk walks, running, or an in-home workout, what is most important is that you do so regularly. This quarantine has given us a gift of time, so why not use it to try a new form of exercise? You may find your new favorite workout if you give yourself the opportunity to try something new!

Register for our Charity Virtual 19K!

Movement is medicine to the immune system, physical health, and mental well-being. When you participate in our Charity Virtual 19K, not only are you supporting The Rhode Island Foundation and the RI Covid-19 Response Fund, you’re getting the exercise you need to boost your immune system and decrease your stress levels. It is especially important to keep in touch with your community during this time of isolation, so encourage your friends and family to sign up with you!

Memorial Day weekend will look a lot different this year, so why not get moving with your community to benefit those who are working hard to fight the spread of the Coronavirus?

For more information or to register for our Charity 19K, please visit

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