One of the best ways to support your immune system is through a regular moderate exercise programme.
A strong immune system has never been a key focus for as many people at one time, as it has over the past two years. COVID-19 and its seemingly endless array of variants has highlighted the importance of not only vaccinations but also our responsibility to give our internal “department of defence” – our immune system – all the support it needs to fend off any opportunistic virus it may encounter.
One of the best ways to support your immune system is through a regular moderate exercise programme. In addition, exercise assists with the management of other risk factors by preventing or reducing excess body fat as well as reducing the risk of chronic disease.
With mandated restrictions and recommended social distancing maintaining a regular exercise routine has become an even more daunting task. Group exercise classes and gym memberships are declining as people attempt to limit unnecessary exposure to large groups. This however means that without a backup plan the steady decline in exercise frequency and intensity is inevitable.
We have put together the following basic home-based exercise program that can be done in the comfort of your home with only a chair needed. These exercises can be done every day; however, the intensity will vary based on the individual’s capabilities and needs.
Please chat to your physiotherapist regarding the dosage and frequency of exercise that will best suit you.
This information is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. Any action you take upon the information is strictly at your own risk. It is recommended that you consult with your physician or physiotherapist before beginning any exercise program. You should be in good physical condition and be able to participate in the exercise. You should understand that when participating in any exercise or exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you engage in this exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself.
Leron Hector is the Managing Director at Physiotherapy@Home, which is a partner of Medwell SA – The Home Health Care Specialists. For more information visit www.physiotherapyathome.co.za or www.medwell.co.za