Hopefully, exercise is a part of your daily routine already. There are a plethora of reasons why we should be exercising regularly, but in a time like this, during COVID-19, it is now more important than ever to make sure that you are getting your exercise in. No matter how old you are or what shape you are in, you should be exercising every day for the next 18 months.
Exercise is Essential for Health
It may come as no surprise, but regular exercise has a lot of positive effects on the body. There are a lot of ways that these effects can help you. Regular exercise is right for your mood, your sleep, and of course, your overall health. The health benefits are numerous. Exercise can help stave off strokes, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, and much more, as well as boosting your immune system.
Even short amounts of exercise can help. For example, one study found that senior citizens who had routinely exercised for more than 30 minutes 4 to 5 times a week had healthier arteries than those who exercised less than twice a week. Even exercising for short periods can provide boosts to your body, and right now, the increase to the immune system is significant.
Exercise in the time of COVID-19
While everyone should be exercising to keep themselves healthy, it is especially necessary for older, more at-risk populations. As people age, their T-cells, which are responsible for your immune system, get less effective. This can put you at an increased risk of sickness, but for people who exercise regularly, this risk is significantly decreased.
For older people who get regular exercise, their T-cells are more functional and better maintained, which allows them a much better able to fight off sickness. People who have not been exercising their whole lives do not have to worry, because even if you are just beginning to exercise for the first time while the coronavirus crisis is underway, that is still enough to help keep your body a little safer.
This is not the only health benefit that you can receive from exercise, though. Many other factors can be life-saving during this crisis. For example, regular exercise can help you avoid health problems such as metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is caused by weight gain and lack of exercise. It impacts about a third of Americans and is also the most significant single cause of death in the United States every year.
Beyond this, it also places people who are suffering from it at a much higher risk of getting sick from the Coronavirus. Lastly, researchers at the University of Virginia have been studying ARDS, which is the severe form of lung disease seen with COVID-19. Specifically, they have been studying how exercise can affect it. The data shows that the bodies of people who are exercising regularly are much more prepared to fight off deadly diseases like ARDS. Approximately half of people suffering from COVID-19 who then contract ARDS die. Using daily may be able to help you stay safe from such a fate.
What If You Cannot Exercise?
For many people, daily exercise is not as easy as doing some push-ups or jumping jacks in the morning. Millions of people are not able to easily exercise because they are suffering from chronic pain. Some of the most common sources of chronic pain are feet, legs, knees, hips, back, and shoulders.
Losing the ability to use some of these body parts at their full capacity can be a massive detriment to people who want to get up and move around. The causes of chronic pain can vary, so every person has their pain and their roots, but in many cases, light exercise can help quite a bit for people who are suffering.
This is because chronic pain often causes people to be inactive, or at less active at the very least, which weakens muscles and joints, but light exercise can help strengthen these muscles and joints and alleviate some of the pain. It will also release endorphins and stress hormones, which will also help to make your body feel better. For people who feel as if they cannot partake in light exercise due to their chronic pain, they may want to consider stem cell therapy to help with the problem.
For example, someone may feel as if they cannot do even light exercising because of the chronic pain they experience in their shoulder. If they were to see a doctor, the doctor might recommend that they undergo surgery. This will have a long and painful recovery that will see a person not using the muscles or joints in question for a long time. Instead, a person could consider regenerative medicine.
The full potential of stem cell therapy is still unknown. Still, if the pain that a person is experiencing is being caused by things such as torn muscles or joints, stem cell therapy can be used to rehabilitate these areas to be even more energetic and healthier than they were before. This is natural and without surgery. Your body has a high capacity to heal itself, and it can be much more advantageous for a person to utilize stem cell therapy than to undergo surgery.
There are a lot of ways that people are trying to keep themselves safe right now. During this COVID-19 crisis, safety is of the utmost importance. People can do a lot to try to improve their health during this time—especially people who may be in an at-risk population. One of the best ways to do this is by exercising every day through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
Daily exercise can work wonders for your immune system, even for people who are suffering from chronic pain. Exercising every day can have many long-lasting health effects besides helping to keep you safe from the virus. It can make you feel better daily, which can significantly improve your life.