Brad Howell

SQ Wellness Corner: How Does Exercise Impact Your Immune System? A Look At Exercise Immunology

SQ Wellness Corner: How Does Exercise Impact Your Immune System? A Look At Exercise Immunology

In this week's SportSquire Wellness Corner, Brad speaks to the large body of research that has been done in the exercise immunology field and the great promise the field has to uncover with future research focal points. He highlights Dr. Richard Simpson PHD's article Titled: Exercise, Immunity, and the COVID-19 Pandemic. Dr. Simpson’s research interests are concerned with the effects of aging, stress and exercise on the immune system. He is an associate professor in the Departments of Nutritional Sciences, Pediatrics and Immunobiology at the University of Arizona. You can read it in it's entirety here. https://www.acsm.org/blog-detail/acsm-blog/2020/03/30/exercise-immunity-covid-19-pandemic. It is a good read that lays out in layman's terms the impact that exercise has on our immune function. Simpson writes in his blog, "Having higher age and sex-adjusted scores for cardiorespiratory fitness and performing regular exercise of moderate- to vigorous-intensity exercise that fall within ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) guidelines has been shown to improve immune responses to vaccination, lower chronic low-grade inflammation, and improve various immune markers in several disease states including cancer, HIV, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cognitive impairment and obesity. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has raised a lot of questions regarding how exercise can protect us from infection by boosting immunity.”

Duration: 12 min

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