Muscle and Immunity

Did you know that strong muscles might boost your immunity? πŸ’ͺ


The key is in small proteins that are released when your muscles contractβ€”proteins called myokines.


πŸ‘‰ Myokines boost natural killer cells (your first line of defense against infection)

πŸ‘‰ Myokines keep inflammation in check

πŸ‘‰ Myokines decline with age


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If you are making efforts to support healthy immunity, don’t forget exercise! Staying active is the best way to maintain muscle mass over the years and could have a beneficial effect on your defense against disease. πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ‹οΈβ€β™€οΈπŸš΄β€β™‚οΈ

Research has shown that strength training can benefit your health and fitness in many ways. According to the Mayo Clinic, strength training may help:

πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Build lean muscle mass

πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Reduce body fat

πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ burn calories more efficiently, even after you’ve exercised

πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Increase bone density

πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Improve brain health and cognitive functions

πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Improve posture, balance and stability

πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Raise energy levels

πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Improve mood

If you don’t feel comfortable going to a gym, or the weather has you staying indoors, there are things you can do at home!

Some Ideas for strength building exercises include:

πŸ‹οΈβ€β™€οΈ Squats

πŸ‹οΈβ€β™€οΈ Lifting weights

πŸ‹οΈβ€β™€οΈ Cycling

πŸ‹οΈβ€β™€οΈ Stairs

πŸ‹οΈβ€β™€οΈ Resistance bands

πŸ‹οΈβ€β™€οΈ Hill walking

What’s your favorite way to stay active every day?


Nelke C, Dziewas R, Minnerup J, Meuth SG, Ruck T. Skeletal muscle as potential central link between sarcopenia and immune senescence. EBioMedicine. 2019; 49: 381-388.