England and Wales: new advice to improve immunity through exercise

20 November 2020

Advice for healthcare professionals promoting exercise as a way of supporting immune function has been launched in response to Covid-19.

It aims to guide nurses, GPs and other clinical practitioners to reinforce the benefits of physical activity and structured exercise on the immune system.

The guidance, devised by Health Education and Improvement Wales and the University of Birmingham and endorsed by three medical bodies, also supplies an explanation of how exercise can potentially minimise the severity of Covid-19 symptoms if infected.

Dr Alex Wadley of the University of Birmingham said: ‘Being active and exercising triggers immune cells to circulate the body and detect problems, such as viruses. The fitter we are, the stronger our immune response will be against SARS-CoV-2.’

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