Do you know that exercise can save you from Covid-19?
According to the WHO, the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The most common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, dry cough and tiredness.
As of June 1, 2020 there are 6 million confirmed cases, 2.11 million recoveries and 371,000 reported deaths all over the world. Scientists are still developing a vaccine for Covid-19 but there is another thing you can do besides proper hand washing and social distancing. Regular exercise can also help you avoid getting a Covid-19 infection.
Exercise improves our immune system
Researchers found that regular exercise may lead to a higher number of Leukocytes or white blood cells, which fight infections. In another study, researchers found that in 65-year-olds who did regular exercise, the number of T-cells — a specific type of white blood cell — was as high as those of people in their 30s. This means that doing regular exercise can increase the number of T-cells that can help fight off viruses such as the Corona Virus.
Exercise lowers blood pressure and blood sugar levels
According to research, people with hypertension and diabetes are at risk of covid-19. For instance, a study that investigated 41 patients in Wuhan, China, found that 32% had underlying health conditions — most commonly, diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.
Physical activity makes your heart stronger. A stronger heart can pump more blood with less effort. If your heart can work less to pump, the force on your arteries decreases, lowering your blood pressure.
In addition, physical activity can also lower your blood sugar up to 24 hours or more after your workout by making your body more sensitive to insulin.
Exercise promotes good circulation
Regular exercise strengthens your heart and improves your circulation. The increased blood flow increases the oxygen levels in your body. This helps lower your risk of heart diseases such as coronary artery disease, high cholesterol and heart attack. Regular exercise can also lower your blood pressure and triglyceride levels.
You’ll fight off and avoid potential diseases such as the Covid-19. With good circulation, the white blood cells in your immune system will be transported around the body as needed.