Strength Training And Your Immunity
Upper respiratory tract infections (The common cold, sinusitis etc.) are the most common illness that people get. Most are due to an infection with a virus and the average adult has two to four URTIs each year.
We are constantly exposed to the viruses that cause these infections but some people seem more susceptible to catching URTIs than others and our immune system plays an important part that protect us from an army of pathogenic microbes that bombard the body.
Due to the recent reported cases of the novel coronavirus in Singapore, we advise all members to adopt precautionary measures and good hygiene practices at all times.
• AVOID coming to the gym if you display any respiratory symptoms such as a cough or runny nose.
• Practice frequent HAND WASHING with soap, after going to the toilet or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing.
We have also included alcohol based hand sanitizers on both levels of the gym for your convenience.
• COVER YOUR MOUTH with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing and dispose the soiled tissue in the rubbish bin immediately.
We have also stepped up our sanitizing routine during this time. Disinfectant sprays are location on both levels of the gym for you to wipe down any gym equipment before you train.
PLEASE DO NOT use the sprays on the barbells, we clean them in a different manner in order to preserve the bearings and lifespan of the bars.
Amongst other external factors that affects our immune system includes our stress levels, nutrition as well as adequate rest.
Research shows that exercise has a powerful effect on your immune system.
A study of over 500 adults found that participating in 1-2 hours of moderate exercise per day was associated with a one third reduction in the risk of getting a URTI compared with individuals leads a sedentary lifestyle
That ties in nicely with our Progressive Strength Class where each class member’s progress is auto regulated to their own proficiency providing a structured yet adequately challenging training session.
Rest is equally important. Sleep is crucial for positively maintaining every element of your life. Without sufficient sleep, your body makes fewer cytokines, a type of protein that targets infection and inflammation, effectively creating an immune response.
So do not panic and limit your activity during this period of time. If you’re perfectly healthy, just take the necessary precautions and continue eat, train and rest well.
If you’re sick or think that you may have come in contact with an infected person, don’t worry. Chances are it’s the flu or just the common cold. Get yourself checked out by a doctor and avoid coming to the gym till you’ve recovered. And remember: Even if you do come down with a case of seasonal sniffles, you’ll be able to bounce back faster if your body is well rested.
Together we can fight this virus.
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