PART 3: WALK FOR IMMUNITY
Walking is free to everyone and is available virtually all year long so the most simple boost to your system is to walk for immunity. (Exercise + walking) “may contribute even more directly (to boosting your immune system) by promoting good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently.” READ MORE
In one study in the American Journal of Medicine, women who walked for a half-hour every day for 1 year had half the number of colds as those who didn't exercise. Researchers found that regular walking may lead to a higher number of white blood cells, which fight infections. READ MORE
Weighted walking has been shown to improve bone health and is also necessary for many athletes and competitors who participate in obstacle course racing where they must carry a load for extended periods over difficult terrain. When walking on a treadmill put on a weight vest or carry a SandBell on either shoulder and set an incline and pace that is challenging but manageable. For walking or jogging outside throw on a weight vest from 5-20 lbs and cruise the neighborhood or find a great trail with some challenging hills. Another alternative is to find a set of stairs and just climb and descend over and over again!
Social distancing doesn't mean you can't interact with others. Walking in your community is a great way to stay in touch, meet new people and improve your health and build immunity. Grab your four legged friend and head out today!