Whenever there is a change in season, your body gets affected. Has it ever occurred to you that fast walking or Nordic walking can boost your immune system and protect you from illnesses that can be a hindrance to your everyday life?
What is the Immune System?
The immune system protects your body from infections, such as bacteria and viruses. It works naturally, but, given the increased demands put on our system due to seasonal changes, the following simple measures can be very helpful.
You may have noticed that some people catch a cold more often than others. The strength of your immune system is highly dependent on your living habits. A lack of physical activity, stress, fatigue or excess weight can weaken the immune system.
Therefore, in order to strengthen your immune system, you should monitor your diet, stress levels and fatigue while also engaging in sport, such as the walking, power walking or nordic walking.
Why does Walking Strengthen the Immune System?
We often mention the benefits of both power walking and Nordic walking on your health. A secondary effect of these benefits is to activate and strengthen your immune defences. Walking makes you stronger and more resistant to infection!
Walking is an endurance sport and therefore develops cardiac fitness and improves blood circulation: this enables the immune system to work actively throughout your body.
What’s more, walking transforms mental fatigue into physical fatigue. A reduction in stress levels, thanks to walking, will help you sleep better. The brain of a person, who is more rested, will secrete more hormones needed for the immune system to work properly.
This is why walking helps you avoid illnesses, colds, fatigue and keeps your body in good shape. What’s more, this sport is for everyone: those who tend to get tensed can use it to unwind and relax while those who are more relaxed can appreciate the stimulating effects of this endurance sport.
4 tips for enjoying all of the benefits of walking and not getting sick
– An obvious fact that cannot be repeated too often: in order to enjoy the benefits of walking and remain motivated, it must be practised on a regular basis (3 to 5 times a week at least).
– However, the good news is that overdoing it is not advisable either! Overtraining has a negative impact on the immune system. Your physical capacity must not be depleted. So 20 to 30 minutes five times a week are enough to boost your defences against winter viruses and bacteria.
– Walk for no more than 1 to 2 hours before going to bed. Walking increases the temperature of your body, which does not help when you are trying to get to sleep.
– Be prepared with the correct gear for the season. In every temperature, sports will have greater benefits for your physical and mental health when practised outdoors rather than in the gym.