Our physical fitness can play a key part in keeping us healthy and reduces the risk of becoming severely ill, should we contract Covid-19.
Less fit people who suffer from medical conditions are five times more likely to have a worse outcome from Covid-19 – with smokers being particularly at risk.
We can all do our best to reduce our risks of picking it up, but are we doing all we can to make sure that our bodies are equipped to deal with the virus?
Scientists have found that up to 86 percent of all infections go undetected, which suggests that many people may have already had it with mild symptoms and some have not been symptomatic at all. It means that we all react differently and should make our health a priority during these uncertain times.
Here are 4 key areas that impact directly on your immune system:
We all know that good nutrition is vital for our bodies to function properly, so it’s no surprise that a healthy diet is going to put you in better stead for fighting the virus. People who eat a well balanced diet tend to be healthier and have stronger immune systems, which lowers the risk of suffering from infectious diseases and chronic illnesses.
Aim to eat a variety of fresh and unprocessed foods every day to ensure that you get the vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre, protein and antioxidants that your body needs to stay at its best.
Drink plenty of water and where possible, avoid sugar, fat and salt significantly to keep your weight steady and within normal parameters to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and strokes.
Alcohol free days
If you’re not tee-total and like an alcoholic drink every once in a while, then that’s nothing to worry about. It’s worth thinking about your consumption though and what makes you want to drink. We all have our vices that we enjoy, but it’s important to be aware of your intake and to assign yourself ‘alcohol free days’.
It has been proven that alcohol use, especially heavy use, can weaken the immune system, which in turn reduces the ability to cope with infectious diseases.
Think about how your money is better invested in buying healthy and nutritious food that will maintain good health and enhance your immune system response, in the event of contracting the virus at some point.
Keeping fit and smoking don’t generally go hand in hand anyway but if you’re a smoker and are worried about COVID-19, then now would be a good time to think about quitting for good.
Research into previous coronaviruses show that smoking makes the impact of the virus worse. In fact smokers are more likely to develop a severe disease from the COVID-19 virus and end up with conditions and symptoms that may last long after the initial diagnosis.
Last but not least, it’s vital to keep moving.
It’s so important to maintain activity levels, not only because of the effect that physical exercise has on the immune system but it’s also a great mood booster and helps combat the negative effects of being in isolation. Exercise releases chemicals in your brain which help you feel calmer, sleep better, and gives you more energy.