We all know that regular physical activity is important to our health and well-being. And now more than ever, the benefits of exercise can help us through this pandemic.
The physical, mental, emotional, and social benefits of exercise in a COVID climate can help keep you feeling good and staying healthy. Some of these benefits include managing stress, boosting your immune system, improving the quality of your sleep, and preventing weight gain.
After you exercise, your body releases chemicals into your bloodstream that can improve your mood and make you feel better. These feel-good hormones are big contributors to your ability to manage stress. And right now, we all probably need a little bit of help in managing stress and uncertainty.
Stronger Immune System
Consistent daily activity also leads to a stronger immune system. Moderate exercise where you raise your heart rate improves circulation and increases your body temperature. Both of these effects positively affect your immune system. You don’t need your workouts to be a high-intensity to get the benefits. Even moderate levels of exercise can bolster your immune system.
Getting a good night’s sleep seems so simple, but it’s not always an easy task. Staying active is one way to improve the quality of your sleep. And when you’re sleeping well, you’re more likely to manage stress and less likely to get sick.
Avoid Weight Gain
There is no doubt that COVID has disrupted our normal routines, including our previous workout routines. On top of that, we’re all spending more time at home, which can lead to more sitting and less moving throughout the day. By making an effort to stay on top of your workouts and find new exercise routines, the increased physical activity can help you avoid weight gain.
The YMCA of Greater Whittier is here to support you and your family. We have programs to help you stay fit, healthy, and safe. To learn more about some of the programs we’re currently offering, contact us today.