FIT FOR YOUR VACCINE
As more people are getting vaccinated as a collective protection against COVID-19, do you know that being physically active can boost the effectiveness of your shot? Read on to understand how it works!
Higher Antibody Count
A new study by Glasgow Caledonian University found that a person who is active is 50% more likely to have higher antibodies after a vaccine, in comparison to someone who is inactive.
Though having higher antibodies does not make you completely immune to COVID-19, research has shown that antibody levels are closely linked with the ability to disarm the virus, which is the key to immunity.
Boosting Immune Response
As you work out, your muscles release Myokines which are effective in putting your body’s defenses on high alert. In the long run, this helps your immune system to be more responsive and stronger with regular exercise. We recommend you carry out at least 30 minutes of physical activity which includes yoga and walking, three days a week.
On top of supplying your body with nutritious food and supplements, getting sufficient sleep and exercise are required to bolster your immune.
Should there be any changes to your exercise routine on the day of your vaccine?
While researchers are still exploring the reasons behind the COVID-19 vaccine side-effects, a drastic change to your exercise routine on the day of your vaccine is not necessary.
Carrying out light arm exercises such as wall push-ups, shoulder presses, and bicep curls before the vaccine might help to relieve pain and discomfort in the area you got the shot.
People should consider having a rest day the day after the vaccination, as reactions might appear for some, after 24-48 hours.
As much as we would love to encourage more people to stay active, for those who are suffering from chronic illnesses, do consult your doctor for advice on the exercises and intensity level suitable for you.
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