When we talk about immune boosters, good nutrition usually comes to mind. But it is not the only health habit to think about. Exercise is a very powerful tool – it is the new prescription for keeping well.
Moderate exercise, like a brisk walk (remembering to stay in your neighbourhood and keeping 2 metres distance from others not in your bubble) or moving your body in any way possible, is good for you.
Put on some music and dance like no one is watching. Stretch each time you get off the chair or couch. Make good use of any exercise machines you have at home. Treadmill sitting in your garage? Yoga mats, exercise bands, hand weights? This is a great time to brush the cobwebs off and use them.
Other ideas include walking around the house, using the stairs more, getting into the garden and doing daily chores that need movement.
With technology available to us, there are lots of opportunities to find the exercise that suits your schedule and ability. Try Yoga with Adriene classes on YouTube. Adriene has a fantastic range of free yoga sessions, including options like chair yoga if you have limited mobility or problems with balance.
We have been lucky to have New Zealand yoga teacher Naomi Dakin record a yoga class for us on Zoom. For more information about Naomi’s work, visit her website.
Keeping active also improves mental wellbeing, improves your immune system and promotes better sleep.
Developing a regular practice is the key. Establish a routine that works for you and family. Get outside if you can. Be realistic and kind to yourself. Some days it may be difficult to fit exercise into your schedule, don’t feel bad if it is not achievable every day.
Your immune system will thank you for a regular exercise routine.
This article was written by Naena Chhima, Cancer Information Nurse from the Cancer Society, and was first published on the Cancer Chat website.