Five ways to stay well and boost your immunity

As a fitness instructor I love seeing the benefits of Pilates and the improvements in everyone coming to my regular classes. It is amazing how quickly body shape can change, and I’m often being sent emails or messages about the improvements some are experiencing.

As well as getting involved in fitness classes to focus on core strength and working muscles all around the body, I’d also like to share what you can do to give yourself the best chance of staying well by boosting your immunity.

  1. Keep moving
    It’s no surprise I have this at number one because it’s really important to keep moving your body as moderate exercise helps to flush out bacteria from the lungs and airways; and boost your white blood cells to reduce your chance of catching a cold. Whether you’re running, walking or doing one of my online fitness classes… just keep moving.
  2. Rest well
    The perfect accompaniment to good exercise is good rest. Try to get a good sleeping pattern, and although everyone is different, aim for 8 hours, every night. Rest is very important for us because just a few nights of poor sleep can compromise the immune system.
  3. Eat immunity boosting foods
    Probably the most obvious point on the list is to eat the right foods which will boost immunity. Foods such as citrus fruits, berries, broccoli, garlic, spinach, yoghurt, almonds, green tea, kiwi fruit, sunflower seeds and shellfish are all ideal for boosting your immune system.
  4. Manage your stress levels
    Do what you can within reason, to reduce the amount of stressful situations you find yourself in. It’s easier said than done when for most of us, stress is a natural part of life, but do what you can. Take regular breaks from what you’re doing, practice deep breathing and even meditation to combat stress levels. Even with two children, I find it helps to create some quiet time each day.
  5. Look after your gut
    Up to 70% of your immune system lives in your gut. It’s very important to cultivate good bacteria by eating fermented foods like yoghurt and taking a high-quality probiotic. These good bacteria help to strengthen the integrity of your gut system and boost your immunity.

By Kelly Washington

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