Did you know that strong muscles might boost your immunity? 💪
The key is in small proteins that are released when your muscles contract—proteins called myokines.
👉 Myokines boost natural killer cells (your first line of defense against infection)
👉 Myokines keep inflammation in check
👉 Myokines decline with age
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.
Research has shown that strength training can benefit your health and fitness in many ways. According to the Mayo Clinic, strength training may help:
🏃♂️ Build lean muscle mass
🏃♂️ Reduce body fat
🏃♂️ burn calories more efficiently, even after you’ve exercised
🏃♂️ Increase bone density
🏃♂️ Improve brain health and cognitive functions
🏃♂️ Improve posture, balance and stability
🏃♂️ Raise energy levels
🏃♂️ 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:
🏋️♀️ Lifting weights
🏋️♀️ Resistance bands
🏋️♀️ 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.