Numerous studies have shown that physically active adults are far less likely to get sick than sedentary ones. In 2012 research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that adults who exercised at least five days per week spent 43 percent fewer days suffering from upper respiratory tract infections than those who were only active one day or less per week.
So why is lifting weights so important?
Lifting increases blood and lymph flow as your muscles contract, it also increases the circulation of immune cells making them roam the body at a higher rate and at higher numbers. More specifically, resistance and weight training help to recruit highly specialized immune cells – such as natural killer cells and T cells – find pathogens (like viruses) and wipe them out. Some of these same cells also help to repair damaged muscle tissue after a strength workout.
Bottom line: Being able to include weight training into your exercise regimen is key to optimum immune health.
Am I doing enough? Too much? The right type of exercises?
Simply put, there is a method to the equation. Here at B5 Personal Training our trainers know what it takes to formulate the best routine for each individual. Our goal is to ensure that you are making the most of your workouts and building the best you that you can be – including a superior immune system, being careful not to overtrain which can have negative effects on the body, and avoiding injury that could potentially leave you unable to workout at all. Our goal is to create a well balanced plan (weight training included) that keeps you functioning at your healthiest!