5 low-impact exercises to boost your immunity in the fight against coronavirus

Published on:21 April 2021, 15:43pm IST
You can boost your immunity and enhance your body's natural defence mechanism with these low-impact exercises
Aayushi Gupta
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Eating right is not enough! Follow this workout routine to boost your immunity. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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What is a low-impact workout and how can it be beneficial for the immune system? Well, if this is something you’ve been wondering about, then we have the answers. You probably already know that exercising is the best way to get fit and turns out, it can boost your immune system too. 

The good news is that you don’t need to perform an intense workout to strengthen your immune system. You can do easy or low-impact exercises to allow the immune system to work effectively!

Low impact workout is anything that is easy and gentle on the body. It basically comprises fluid motions like cycling, walking, swimming, and yoga. Low-impact workouts can enhance blood flow, reduce stress and help you stay healthy.

Here are 5 types of low-impact physical activities you must do to keep yourself fit and your immune system strong:

1. Walking

Undoubtedly, walking has multiple health benefits when done regularly. It boosts immune function and can strengthen your body’s natural defence mechanism. Harvard Health Publishing mentions a study that found those who walked for 20 minutes every day were at a reduced risk of falling sick.

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A longer and healthier life is just a 20-minute walk away. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
2. Side to side jumps

Isn’t it one of the easiest exercises? Add any variation of side-to-side jumps or movement to your fitness regime. Doing so can promote stability, coordination, and strength in your body. It also will have a great effect on the lymph (which contains antibodies) of your body. This simple exercise helps to maintain your immune system. 

3. Squats

Squats, when done regularly, tone the legs, strengthen your core, and provide the glutes with a powerful workout. In addition, it can ensure your body stays physically strong by enhancing blood circulation.

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Do squats to boost immunity. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
4. Pilates

Pilates is great for flexibility and building strength. Turns out, this low-impact workout is great for the immune system too. Do you know that lymphatic and respiratory systems are crucial for your immune system? The rhythmic movements of Pilates stimulate blood flow and lymph flow which is necessary for a healthy immune system.

5. Classic Superman pose

The classic Superman exercise strengthens your lower and upper back. Try to hold the pose for 1 to 2 minutes for the maximum benefit. Do add this one also in your daily workout regime so you can improve your immune response, lower the risk of illness, and can reduce inflammation.

Make sure you do at least one of these exercises to stay healthy!

Aayushi Gupta Aayushi Gupta

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