It is well known that moderate exercise can slow aging, particularly in the eyes. Those who exercise regularly reduce their risk of aged-related macular degeneration and cataracts. But what you may not know, is that it can also reduce your risk of dying from illness such as the flu (eg. COVID-19) by boosting your immune system.
Researchers studied the habits of a large group of people who died of the Hong Kong flu in 1998. They found that those who did not exercise or exercised too much (>5 days per week) significantly increased their risk of dying.
So what is the recipe for protection?
- Exercise 30-45 minutes each day, but keep it to 3-4 times per week. Don’t just stroll, get your heart pumping a bit.
- Make exercise a regular appointment.
- Don’t work out to exhaustion.
- During this outbreak, exercise outside, avoid gyms. Find a lesser-used street or trail and use the “six-foot” rule when passing others.
- Purchase some hand-held weights to work your upper body.
- Don’t work out if you are sick.