Otautahi – New research has shown that regular exercise makes the Covid vaccine more effective and boosts immunity.
A new study from Glasgow Caledonian University found that maintaining fitness and health by exercising for at least 30 minutes five times a week strengthens the immune system and reduces the risk of developing or dying from Covid-19 diseases.
The results, led by Professor Sebastien Chastin, found that people who are physically fit are a third less likely to develop or contract an illness.
Physical fitness also changes the body’s response to the vaccine. Being physically fitter increases the effectiveness of vaccines, the study said.
Scientists predict that Covid-19, like other infectious diseases, will have to be treated continuously in the coming years. Regular exercise plays a major role in this, according to the Glasgow study.
New Zealand leading fitness expert Richard Beddie says the fitness and health industries are an important part of the solution to Aotearoa’s fight against Covid.
Beddie is the CEO of ExerciseNZ, which surveyed its key industry leaders and found that kiwis should be more physically active in times of Covid.
Exercise is the # 1 sport in New Zealand with more than half a million participants and growing research confirming the health benefits of exercise for all kiwis.
The Glasgow research results are particularly important in the wake of the global health pandemic, especially as cases and mortality rates continue to rise worldwide.
The study started too early in the first wave of Covid for researchers to focus on, but the results still have serious and wide-ranging implications for the pandemic.
Researchers found consistent and compelling evidence across six studies involving more than half a million participants that those who followed fitness guidelines reduced their risk of developing and dying from infectious diseases like Covid by 37 percent.
Regular physical activity strengthens the human immune system. Over 35 independent randomized controlled trials.
In the randomized controlled trials, research showed that vaccines appeared more effective when given after an exercise program.
An active person is 50 percent more likely to have a higher antibody count after vaccination than a person who is not active.
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