Intense exercise suppresses immune system
It is widely accepted that regular, moderate intensity exercise has a positive long-term effect on the body’s immune system. A balanced training programme of exercise and rest leads to better performance and overall better health.
However, that there are some instances where training can actually leave your immune system weakened. Especially during the cold, winter months when we are already more susceptible to coughs, colds and flu, make sure you’re clued up on how to boost your immune system and get rid of any nasties.
How overtraining affects the immune system
After long or intense exercise sessions, the immune system is actually temporarily suppressed, and this dip in immune function typically lasts around a few hours. This interruption of your body’s otherwise vigilant surveillance can leave a risky ‘open window’ for a variety of illnesses to take hold – especially viruses.
While you shouldn’t consider giving up healthy exercise habits, ensure that you aren’t over training, and start taking extra precautions to keep your body fighting fit through the winter.