It’s fair the say that Summer is no more, and much like for the realms of the Seven Kingdoms (a Game of Thrones nod there), Winter is most definitely coming!

The mornings are darker, the temperature is colder, and we’re pretty lucky if it doesn’t rain for the majority of the week.

We find it easier and easier to stay inside where it’s warm and cozy, making excuses as to why exercise is a bad idea, when in actual fact, we need simply to only throw on a jacket, before driving the same distance we’ve always gone to get to our local KX studio. Staying inside where you’re safe from the elements may seem like a good idea at the time, though did you know, this is can actually be doing you more harm than good?!

One of the major benefits of exercise, aside from being firm and tight in all the right places, is to boost your immune system – yes, the more you exercise, not only do you become stronger and fitter, but so do those little soldiers in your body which fight off infection and disease.

Here’s how:

Studies have always shown us that exercise helps to increase certain cells in our bodies. Take muscles cells for example, when we exercise under resistance, a process takes place where-by muscle fibers multiply and fuse to form new muscle protein stands (or myofibrils) to repair damaged fibers.

The same thing happens to our immune system. Exercise provides a boost to the cells in our bodies that are designed to ward off bacteria and infection. On the other side of the fence, for those of us that do not exercise, these cells do not work as effectively. Much like our muscles. Try and think about it like doing a squat for example. Those who do squats on a regular basis tend to be better at them, or can do more of them for a longer period of time as compared to those who do not do squats.

The Immune system of a person who exercises on a regular basis, tends to be stronger than a person who does not. Studies actually prove that those who exercise more tend to have colds less often. Now, I’m not saying that you’ll become Superman, or need to be an elite athlete, simply exercise on a regular basis (an hour a day). I’m also not going to tell you you won’t ever get sick if you exercise, there are far too many variables to consider, but it will help. It will help more than if you chose to stay on the couch during Winter.

Obviously there are also a lot of other factors that will help you to remain healthy during Winter, like warm clothes, rest and proper nutrition, but maintaining or increasing your level of exercise is a good start.

Even more reason to see you in the Studio!

– James